Monday, April 16, 2018

On My List To Watch Today.

The television show Law & Order: SUV had a show about us last week and from the reports that I read it was done tastefully.
‘Law & Order: SVU’ Tackles Trans Military Debate With Powerful Storyline
And they cast a trans actor of color to depict it, too.
Huffington Post Queer Voices
By Curtis M. Wong
April 12, 2018

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” struck a nerve this week with a storyline that reflected the ongoing debate over transgender people in the military.

Wednesday’s episode, titled “Service,” focused on a trial involving a young woman, Sandy “Sky” Ksenivch (played by Morgan Taylor Campbell), who worked as an escort and was allegedly raped in a hotel room. One of the witnesses in the case was a soldier named Jim Preston (Marquise Vilsón).

Preston, who was in the same room at the time of the alleged incident, was initially hesitant to cooperate with investigators. By the episode’s conclusion, it became clear why: Testifying would require Preston to reveal that he identifies as transgender.

In a climactic scene, Preston took the stand and discussed his gender identity during cross-examination by attorney James Olson (Christopher Wiehl).
Whew, I sure wouldn’t want to testify in a trial, I can just imagine how the defense attorney would try to tear us apart trying to discredit our testimony.
“There will be people watching this episode who have never met someone like Jim Preston and may have had preconceived notions about someone like him,” he said. “Following this episode, they may actually see him for who he is and not what they believe him to be.”
I think that would also be true for anyone who is sitting on a jury.

Me, I hope that I get called to jury duty because I would like to see how I would be perceived by the legal system. Connecticut is unlike most states in that each prospective juror is questioned under oath by lawyers from both sides of the case… it would be interesting to hear what questions they would ask me.

1 comment:

Richard Nelson said...

I was almost crying. Powerful when he said in so many words, "What you have in your pants doesn't keep you from doing your job." Now if that wasn't and isn't a wake up call I don't know what is. I could tell the lawyer was almost floored. Law & Order: SUV every once in awhile gets in some good plugs against not only trump but small minds all over the place. I was happy to know that a Trans man was playing the part.

I was wondering if you had seen the show.