Modern Family Features Transgender Child Actor in Latest Episode


Season 8 Episode 2 Titled ‘A Stereotypical Day’, was an Important First

In a move that could be termed as historic, the popular American sitcom Modern Family featured a transgender child actor in its latest episode. The 8 year old child actor, Jackson Millarker featured on the show as Lily’s friends Tom, who identifies with being a boy. Here’s a small clip from the episode;

Modern Family is breaking down barriers again in this season. With their much acclaimed portrayal of same-sex marriage in their previous episode, and sam-sex couple Cameron and Mitchell (Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson) starting a family, this is a another big win for the show.

The episode unfolds with the pair’s daughter, Lily inviting her transgender friend Tom over for a playdate. Cam and Mitchell have always felt they are the most open, non-judgmental and supportive parents and are proud of her for being so accepting. However, they are taken a-back when they over hear Lily insulting Tom. Now they will have to introspect and use the moment to teach her a lesson about acceptance.

Director Ryan Case posted on Instagram a picture of herself alongside 8-year-old Jackson Millarker, who identifies as a boy.

Modern Family Director Ryan Case, with Jackson Millarker
Modern Family Director Ryan Case, with Child Actor Jackson Millarker

We are loving Modern Family Season 8 so far and looking forward to what else the season has in store for us. Modern Family airs on ABC at 9pm every Thurday, don’t miss it!