Ever since it debuted in 2013, teen drama “The Fosters” has offered a groundbreaking TV portrayal of a family, focusing on the story of a multi-ethnic, blended family headed up by a racially mixed lesbian couple (Teri Polo and Sherri Saum).
In Tuesday night’s episode, the show broke new ground by finally confirming the budding relationship between teens Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Aaron (Eliot Fletcher), who just happens to be transgender.
Fans of “The Fosters” have been watching the romance between the two blossom, and this week’s episode marks the first time in TV history that the lead character in a teen drama has been romantically involved with a transgender character.
“[The episode] touches on a lot of things for trans kids, especially the relationship between Callie and Aaron. It’s really important that we do see the heroine female of a show in a relationship with a trans man,” Mitchell said in an interview with TVGuide.com. “I think it’s breaking down barriers. I don’t think I’ve seen that, especially not on a show with our demographic. It’s a really important issue and it’s going to speak to a lot of people, particularly the trans community. I’m really proud of it.”
“[Callie] does feel so strongly about this issue and about this character. She has a lot of love for Aaron,” Mitchell said. “He’s so helpful to her and such a huge person in her life, that I think she’s just fiercely protective of him. That kind of comes out and I think she doesn’t really know her boundaries in terms of that. Ultimately, I think it brings them closer. He does appreciate the fact that she’s sticking up for him and that she is open-minded, and does accept him fully.”