‘Law & Order: SVU’: The Show’s Second Major LGBTQ Character Was Introduced in a ‘Casual’ Way

Since its introduction on the show, Jamie Gray Hyder has made his mark as the new detective on the block, Kat Tamin, on Law & order: SVU. The character is also historical, as Tamin is just the second open LGBTQ character on display.

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Ice T as Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola, Jamie Gray Hyder as Officer Katriona “Kat” Azar Tamin, Mariska Hargitay as Captain Olivia Benson on ‘Law & Order: SVU’ | Heidi Gutman / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Jamie Gray Hyder as Kat Tamin

Prior to his appearance on the show, Hyder appeared on several television series over the past decade. She had recycling roles as Danielle onwards True Blood and Lucia on Graceland. She is famous for providing the voice capture and movement for Nora Salter Call of Duty: Endless War.

A gap was left on the SVU team when former Detective Sonny Carisi (Peter Scanavino) left to work at the District Attorney’s office. After this, Tamin was introduced. She was once an assistant detective, first appearing in a #MeToo-esque program supporting SVU in an undercover sting involving the death of Hollywood (Ian McShane). Since then, she has joined the squad and is heavily involved with Fin-Tutola at Ice-T.

Kat Tamin’s sex was dealt with in passing

Earlier. this year, it was announced that Tamin is the second LGBT character on the show. She is bisexual. The first major LGBT character was Dr. George Huang, a gay character, played by BD Wong. However, Wong’s Huang hadn’t been the main character on the show in years, making the Tamin appear a long time coming.

The revelation of Tamin’s sexuality was not something that really made the show and it was said at a passing time. For Hyder, that was important.

“I think that kind of bringing it up in this steep way is important because it doesn’t have to stand out,” said the actor in E! interview. “I think it doesn’t completely stand out to the squad members, it will help the community to accept it when it comes to that community. Sadly in the past year, support for the LGBTQ community has waned. You can see it in statistics and in surveys. It is scary and it is sad. I think now is a better time than ever to showcase a member of this community in a way that reminds you that we are all the same and that we are all human beings. ”

“I want to show a whole man and Kat’s sexual side is only part of who she is.”, She continued. “And while it’s a very important part of her, I think the ultimate goal is to showcase a healthy and progressive person. It’s important for me as a person to make sure that while Kat’s bisexuality certainly knows a lot about her life, this is not the only part of her life. ”

Law & order: SVU air weekly on NBC.

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