I don't watch a lot of TV, but I do enjoy the Home & Garden Channel, along with fashion shows, like What Not to Wear and How Do I Look? I've noticed lately that these channels are bringing the GLBT world to the TV audiences. These are not stereotypical portrayals - they show real people. The Home & Garden Channel has been showing us same-sex couples searching for new homes on "House Hunters". "Trading Spaces" has been featuring same-sex couples for the past few years. What I like about it, is they do this all very matter-of-factly. They are showing gay and lesbian couples in real-life situations, living and dealing with life just like their heterosexual counterparts.
This week while watching "How Do I Look", I saw 2 shows that really surprised me. This show is a fashion intervention. Someone is chosen because they don't dress well and need a makeover. Two friends or relatives, along with a stylist, are brought on to show their ill-dressed freind how badly he or she dresses. They go through their closet and throw out the old "rags". Then the friends and stylist each select three outfits and the victim gets to select one of the three sets. Fionnola Hughes, a former soap-star, is the host. Well, the other night a gay young man was on. I thought that was rather cool. But tonight was more surprising! I turned on the show, and saw a lovely 6-foot-tall young woman who was going through a makeover. Her mother and sister didn't like the baggy t-shirts and sweatpants she wore. As I watched I realized that Kendra was transgendered. They never actually used the word, but Fionnola and Kendra's sister kept alluding to wanting to help Kendra realize her feminine potential. It was not done in a condescending manner either. As I said before, it was all matter-of-fact.
I am pleased that these shows are featuring real-life people in real-life situations. It shows that GLBT people are beginning to be accepted more and more. Of course this is Hollywood, but it's a start. And as the viewing audience watches these shows and sees gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered persons living normal, every-day lives, maybe they will become more accepting. I certainly hope so.