The ABC sitcom “Modern Family” will be breaking ground this week with the casting of television’s first openly transgender child actor in Wednesday’s episode, Variety reports.
“In the upcoming episode — entitled ‘A Stereotypical Day’ — parents Cameron ‘Cam’ (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) permit their daughter Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) to have her transgender friend Tom over for a play-date,” Variety reports. “Both parents are filled with pride that they have done well in raising an accepting and open-minded child. But that pride quickly diminishes when Lily insults her friend, which they use as a teachable moment.”
Transgender actor Jackson Millarker, 8, will play Lily’s playmate, Tom.
The report notes that other shows, including “Orange Is The New Black” and “Nashville,” have transgender characters played by transgender actors, and that transgender teen Jazz Jennings, 15, has her own reality show on TLC, “I Am Jazz.”