Modern Family will feature a transgender child actor in a forthcoming episode
Modern Family has cast its first transgender child actor.
The director of the comedy show, Ryan Case, has tweeted to say that she is “super proud” of the episode, which is part of the eighth series of the show.
It’s called A Stereotypical Day and will air in the US on 28 September on ABC.
Parents of transgender children have posted messages on social media thanking the sitcom for “giving a voice” to their community.
In the episode, same-sex couple Cameron and Mitchell allow their daughter Lily to have her transgender friend Tom over to play.
He is played by eight-year-old Jackson Millarker from Atlanta.
Director Ryan Case introduced him to her followers on Instagram and Twitter.
One of the show’s stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson also tweeted his joy that Jackson was a part of the show.
Many people on social media have praised the show for “breaking boundaries”.
However, some people have accused the show of “brainwashing” its audience.
Modern Family has won 22 Emmy awards and two of its stars are some of the highest paid