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'Modern Family' Casts 8-Year-Old Transgender Actor in Tomorrow's Episode

'Modern Family' Casts 8-Year-Old Transgender Actor in Tomorrow's Episode

Modern Family breaks new ground by featuring an openly transgender child actor in an episode called “A Stereotypical Day!”

Eight-year-old Jackson Millarker will play Tom, a friend of Lily’s, who comes over for a play date. When Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) hear Lily insulting Tom, they have to take a look in the mirror before they teach her a lesson about acceptance.

The episode’s director, Ryan Case, took to her Instagram to share the news about the casting and introduce the world to Jackson. “[He] is one of the many reasons I love being part of this show,” she stated.

Jesse also tweeted his happiness about the episode. “Super proud of this week’s episode of @ModernFam! #Equality #ModernFamily,” he boasted.

“A Stereotypical Day” airs on ABC tomorrow (September 28) at 9PM.

To see more shows with LGBT ties this fall, check out this article from Georgia Voice.

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  • xyz

    Abnormality is the new normal. Unfortunately. The agenda must go on. Unfortunately again.

  • Ray S.

    So is Jackson really a he or she or what? Honestly I am glad I stop watching this show. The girl who plays Lily is the worst child actor I have ever seen on television.

  • Curt Noydb

    Poor little kid. Reality and life are going to kick your butt someday.

  • callie

    Isn’t Modern Family on Wednesday night (9/28) not tonight (9/27)?

  • devvv

    Yeah, apparently JJ doesn’t fact check.

  • Molly

    Too bad people have to make assumptions about children before the children themselves know what they are. Many little girls were tomboys—many little boys liked dolls—and the vast number of them grew up to be big girls and big boys who were completely heterosexual. Quit labeling kids at a young age.

  • Sabrina

    But it’s okay to make assumptions as long as you assume they are straight??