In a wonderful example of how coming out can go right, Good Girls character Sadie (Isaiah Stannard) came out to his mom after finding out his baby brother had been born.
After Sadie's mom Annie (Mae Whitman) assists her ex-husband's new wife, Nancy (Sally Pressman) with delivering her baby, she goes upstairs to check on Sadie.
After uttering the phrase "it's a boy," Annie goes to leave the room to take a shower but Sadie stops her.
After a poignant pause, Sadie says:
"So am I."
Annie's reaction is what has Twitter feeling all emotional. She pauses for a beat and begins to smile, then gives Sadie a hug.
Season 2, Episode 8: Sadie Reveals a Truth to Annie - Good Girls (Sneak Peek) youtu.be
There's no tears, or questions of "are you sure?" or "why would you do this to me?" that are all-too-common in other coming out portrayals. Just unconditional love and acceptance.
Good Girls tells the story of a trio of suburban moms who hold up a local grocery store after life leaves them little other option. The show follows them as they deal with the fallout of their crime, and the effect it has on their relationships.
There was, understandably, quite an emotional response to the episode on Twitter.
S O B B I N G AT SADIE COMING OUT AS TRANS ON GOOD GIRLS. WHAT A GOOD SCENE— samantha 🌸 (@samantha 🌸)1555971517.0
this last episode of Good Girls made me wanna cry i love sadie sm n want to protecc him— gay barrymore (@gay barrymore)1555990415.0
@NBCGoodGirls Here’s a coming out we all can love! 🌈♥️🌈♥️🌈♥️🌈♥️🌈♥️🌈‼️— Pat Musick (@Pat Musick)1555977213.0
The visible (and oh-so-positive) representation of trans guys on television meant a lot to folks.
@NBCGoodGirls I’ve wanted you guys to go this route with sadie’s character since the 1st season but I never thought… https://t.co/8ewCpx1ODc— ᵃʳᵉˢ (@ᵃʳᵉˢ)1556051418.0
@NBCGoodGirls As a trans person who’s been watching the show since day one, this was such a beautiful and important… https://t.co/Fdy9bFtwvF— Juliana (@Juliana)1555937154.0
As GLAAD points out, this is the kind of loving response every child deserves.
Awww… this sweet scene on @NBCGoodGirls ❤️ Every trans child deserves the loving response that Sadie receives fro… https://t.co/m3JZtpf4J2— GLAAD (@GLAAD)1555947273.0
This clip from Good Girls shows just how easy it is to show your trans kid you love them. https://t.co/9PBb9B1aQQ— Zack Ford (@Zack Ford)1556024267.0
Unfortunately, that isn't the reality for many trans folks.
okay so i was watching good girls and the son just came out as trans (totally called it) and his mom just smiled an… https://t.co/kuPHRM7hDN— grayson izekiel (@grayson izekiel)1555901970.0
@ethanshawkes nah i don’t mind it. it’s kind of nice to have an accepting parent for once shown on tv. that way the… https://t.co/oNmiCDes6A— grayson izekiel (@grayson izekiel)1555903181.0
Trans representation in media is nearly non-existant, especially for transmasculine folks.
If there is a trans character in a show or film, they are almost always played by a cisgender actor.
Sadie, a transmasculine character, being played by a transmasculine actor, Isaiah Stannard, is an amazing step forward for the entertainment industry.
It's an exciting step for many.
anyways watch Good Girls for a show where a trans actor plays a trans person— tash⚢ 26.4 (@tash⚢ 26.4)1556008994.0
Isaiah posted to Instagram to thank fans for watching, and for their supportive comments.
If you haven't checked out Good Girls yet, you can watch it Sundays at 10 p.m. eastern on NBC.