September 27, 2016


'Modern Family' Casts Openly Transgender Child Actor Jackson Millarker


This Wednesday's Modern Family, the second episode of Season 8, will feature a turn from 8-year-old Jackson Millarker. And while he's playing Lily's new buddy on the show, he'll be making history in real life by becoming the show's—and as many are reporting, television's, period—first openly transgender child actor.

Ryan Case, who has directed a handful of Modern Family episodes and edited nearly 80, for which she's won an Emmy, posted this on Instagram:

ABC's episode synopsis for "A Stereotypical Day" goes like this:

“Cam and Mitchell have always felt they were the most open, non-judgmental and supportive parents. However, when they overhear Lily insulting her new friend, they have to take a quick look in the mirror before they teach her a lesson about acceptance.”

Variety reminds us that Jazz Jennings, a transgender teenager, has her on TLC program, I Am Jazz.