Soap Operas have come along way since I was a kid. I'd remember getting home from middle school and watching Bold and the Beautiful and Santa Barbara and talking about it the next day in French class. Now kids, moms, and yes dads are getting more variety of storylines in their soaps than I could have ever imagined. Yes, dad, I know you say you don't watch, but you know the story lines better than mom!
This Monday, Bold and the Beautiful watchers will be treated to the wedding of Maya and Rick, described as the first transgender wedding on television.
Soap opera actress, Karla Mosley, is about to make history by portraying the first transgender character on TV to get married.
The wedding episode between Mosley’s character, Maya Avant, and her husband-to-be, Rick Forrester (played by Jacob Young) is scheduled to air on August 10 on CBS.
Executive producer for the daytime drama, Bradley Bell, revealed that Mosley was on board with the storyline from the beginning and is excited to see what doors may open for future storylines that are more inclusive of transgender characters onscreen.
Bell tells EW, “It’s been an honor to tell this positive story of love and acceptance and now we will see the drama peak as we reach Rick and Maya’s wedding day, which will not be an easy walk down the aisle.” – celebuzz.com
Here is a small and confrontational scene from Monday's broadcast of Bold and the Beautiful shared by Entertainment Weekly.
Can we equate some of society's acceptance of LGBT lives with the portrayal of our stories on daytime television? I'm going to go out on a limb and say yes. To have these storylines develop and play out daily in homes with our moms (and dads) and youth watching, it's a very good thing. They get to know these characters as well as some of the real people in their lives. Not only are soap operas entertaining, they are educational, too.
Thanks to BatB and other soaps for helping LGBT people being seen as real individuals.