This is definitely not “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” AMC’s north Georgia-based reality show, “Small Town Security,” premiered on Sunday and dove right into the thick of transgender Lt. Dennis Croft.
The show follows the staff of JLK Security and boss lady Joan Koplan has her own public access show. Five years ago, veteran Croft came out as a male trapped inside a female’s body. Koplan, her sidekick and Croft pushed through the uncomfortable conversation during an episode of the low-rent show.
Now five years later – and with the new AMC show – Koplan revisits Croft’s transformation, complete with before and after shots thanks to her public access show.
“Five years later, since you’ve seen that and you’ve seen the way you are now, how do you feel about that” Koplan asks.
“I feel great,” Croft responds.
The moment delivers some realness to the issue, from the uncomfortable coming out of a transgendered man in rural Georgia who smacks down a Bible thumper with simple elegance to the courage it takes to relive it on TV’s “Small Town Security.” That moment alone is worth watching the entire episode and tuning in Sundays at 11 p.m.
Croft now becomes the only transgender man on a current reality program and tells GLAAD that he hopes viewers learn to “be unafraid of who you are.”
“Those who know me and about me haven’t flinched,” Croft says. “I found that surprising. It has not been what I expected of others and I see that folks are not the typical haters of my kind that I thought. The South has grown up from the childish games of prejudice.”