Rumors that the “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (RHOA) will include the first transgender cast member in the eighth season have set the Internet ablaze thanks to TMZ.
Amiyah Scott, a transgender model and makeup artist, is expected to take the place of NeNe Leakes, who is leaving the hit reality television show after seven seasons.
The gossip began when Scott was allegedly spotted with the RHOA cast as cameras rolled at an event last week.
If Scott is confirmed as the show’s latest cast member, Bravo will join a slew of other television networks to spotlight the transgender community via the small screen. In July, shortly after Bruce Jenner announced his identification as a woman and his physical transition, “I am Cait” began airing on E!. TLC, popular for shows like “Say Yes to the Dress” and “19 Kids and Counting,” also recently debuted “I Am Jazz,” which details the life of a transgender teen.
GLAAD, a national organization aimed at changing the LGBT narrative in the media, did not respond to requests for comment, however, according to their Transgender Media Program, awareness is needed on issues relating to the transgender community.
“According to a recent Pew poll, nearly 90% of Americans say they personally know someone who is lesbian, gay, or bisexual. However only 8% of Americans say they personally know someone who is transgender,” the organization said on their webpage for the Transgender Media Program. “Given this reality, most Americans learn about transgender people through the media. So when the media talks about transgender issues – it is imperative that they get it right.”