More than ever before TV shows are beginning to reflect the diversity of families in the country. THE BRIEFCASE, a new reality show on CBS, is the next to spotlight the many types of American families, including the more than half a million same-sex households and people who identify as transgender.
THE BRIEFCASE is a heart-warming story of two struggling families suddenly coming into $101,000 and having to make a hard decision between keeping the money for their own family or being generous to another family facing hard times.
The following week the Bailey-Stewart family is featured. Tanya and Leila are a multi-ethnic lesbian couple and three years ago they took in Leila’s nephews adding to their household costs. They like many same-sex couples would like to have a child of their own, but the costs are so high.
VENDELY-SALGADO FAMILY – MIAMI, FL
Amari and Natalie want the “white picket fence” and the American Dream, but while on the surface they may look like a traditional family …they are not. Amari was born female, but after birthing 2 children and living as a woman for most of her adult life, Amari decided that her gender of birth just didn’t feel right. Now, Amari lives as a man and is in the process of transitioning completely to male. He takes hormones but cannot afford the surgery. He and Natalie live together with their 3 children; Khia (7) J’mani (5) and Damilian (3) are constantly struggling to make ends meet. The choice to become a man has certainly not been an easy path for Amari; in fact he has great difficulty finding employment once employers notice that his legal gender is female. And while he looks, sounds, and acts like a man, he still has a very long road ahead to be able to claim his manhood completely both physically and legally. Currently Amari, Natalie and their 3 children live with Natalie’s grandmother. They value any time they can spend together as a family and are determined to defeat the obstacles of life to make a better world for their children and be the best parents they can be, even if their world doesn’t exactly fall under the category of traditional.
BAILEY – STEWART FAMILY – DORCHESTER, MA
Tanya and Leila Bailey-Stewart are a loving same sex couple, who are passionate about service – both have worked at the non-profit City Year for twelve years. Three years ago, the couple took in Leila’s nephews, Milton 14, and Jaden 9, because Leila’s sister could no longer care for the boys. Fast forward three years and the children are thriving under Leila and Tanya’s household. Tanya and Leila are very pro-education and since Milton has shown academic aptitude, they’ve enrolled him in a prestigious private school and both children are given unconditional love and quality time. Having to take on the financial responsibility of two children hasn’t come without its obstacles. The couple dreams of having a child of their own, but can no longer afford the IVF treatments and have put that dream on hold.