Modern Family to Feature TV's First Openly Transgender Child Actor

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This week’s episode of Modern Family, titled “A Stereotypical Day,” will feature Jackson Millarker as Tom, a transgender boy and friend of Lily’s (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) who comes over for a play date. When Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) think they overhear Lily insult Tom, they decide to teach her a lesson about acceptance.

Per Time, Millarker will be TV’s first openly transgender child actor.

Modern Family ’s mission statement is to present a modern, diverse portrayal of American culture, and tackling the oft-misunderstood topic of gender identity during adolescence is another welcome milestone.

The news broke when the episode’s director, Ryan Case, posted to her Instagram a picture of her and Millarker, saying, “This is Jackson Millarker. He’s 8 years old, from Atlanta, and just happens to be transgender.”

You can see Case’s Instagram post below. “A Stereotypical Day” will air tomorrow at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.

This is Jackson Millarker. He’s 8 years old, from Atlanta, and just happens to be transgender. He plays Lily’s friend Tom in this week’s Modern Family and he’s wonderful. One of the many reasons I love being a part of this show. ??????????

A photo posted by Ryan Case (@film114) on

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