"Becoming Us" Series Hopes to Increase Transgender Tolerance

A week after Caitlyn Jenner publicly announced her gender transition in Vanity Fair, ABC Family is premiering a new documentary series focusing on a family going through something similar. "Becoming Us" follows the Lehwald-Crawford family from Illinois, specifically Ben, the 17-year-old son, as he adapts to his father's transition from Charlie to Carly.

The show will follow the teen's life as he handles high school, a girlfriend and his parent's divorce, all while his father is transitioning into a woman.

Executive producer Ryan Seacrest and the "Becoming Us" cast hope that the show will normalize living transgender. With Caitlyn Jenner's announcement, as well as shows like "Orange is the New Black" and "Transparent" that prominently feature transgender characters, I hope that conversation and tolerance surrounding the subject will only increase.

Meet the Lehwald-Crawford family tonight in the series premiere at 9 p.m. on ABC Family.

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