Modern Family First Show With Transgender Kid Actor

Jackson Millarker, 8, guest-stars Wednesday
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2016 10:47 AM CDT
From left, Sarah Hyland, Sofia Vergara, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Ariel Winter, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nolan Gould, Ed O'Neill, Eric Stonestreet, and Rico Rodriguez of 'Modern Family.'   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – On Wednesday night, Modern Family will become the first television show to feature a transgender child actor. Eight-year-old Jackson Millarker stars in the episode as Tom, a transgender friend of Lily, the daughter of Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), NewNowNext reports. As Variety points out, transgender actors have appeared on other television shows including Orange Is the New Black and Nashville, but they've all been adults. Jazz Jennings, a trangender teen, has a reality show on TLC. (Read more Modern Family stories.)

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