Fans of Teen Mom are probably counting down the hours and minutes until the March 12 premiere of Young and Pregnant, the latest spin-off of MTV's reality franchise. We'll meet five young women on the verge of motherhood: Ashley, 20; Jade, 20; Kayla, 18; Lexi, 17; and Brianna, 17. And it's Brianna who has a storyline never before seen on any Teen Mom show: Her boyfriend, Danae, is transgender.
This step toward LGBTQ inclusivity couldn't have come at a better time for MTV, actually. The cable network just fired Teen Mom 2 star David Eason over his homophobic and transphobic comments. ("Why don't you go tell the homo and transgender parents to start teaching their kids better morals," David tweeted in one such instance. "Oh, I forgot, that's supposed to be normal.")
But let's focus on better news, shall we? Here's everything we know about Danae, an MTV reality trailblazer.
His girlfriend got pregnant when they were broken up
"Brianna and her transgender boyfriend Danae have always had a tumultuous on-again, off-again relationship," MTV says in a press release. "During one breakup, Brianna hooked up with an old friend and got pregnant." (To paraphrase Ross on Friends, "They were on a break!")
He wants to be a father figure to Brianna's baby
Brianna and Danae are taking another shot at love, and Danae is apparently looking forward to fatherhood. "Danae is back in the picture and has promised to raise the baby as his own," MTV explains. "But Brianna's mom questions his ability to support her daughter."
He and Brianna seem committed to LGBTQ equality
"I fell in love with him for who he is," Brianna says of Danae in the Young and Pregnant trailer. "Me being trans, I can show him there is so much more to this world," he tells her in another clip, perhaps referring to their unborn child.
Here's hoping David Eason will watch Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant. Maybe he'll realize it is, in fact, normal for a trans individual to become a parent.
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