First trans­gen­der guest on ‘BB’

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Scott Collins

“Big Brother” will have its first trans­gen­der house­guest, but that news may have come out a lit­tle sooner than CBS would have liked.

Au­drey Mid­dle­ton, a 25year-old dig­i­tal con­sul­tant from Ge­or­gia, was named this week to the ros­ter of new con­tes­tants for the re­al­ity show, which will have its sea­son pre­miere on Wed­nes­day.

The ini­tial press ma­te­rial did not men­tion, how­ever, some salient facts about Mid­dle­ton: She was born Adam and un­der­went a dif­fi­cult jour­ney to­ward tran­si­tion­ing to fe­male.

That news broke as the house­guests were do­ing media in­ter­views to pro­mote the sea­son pre­miere. CBS later said that Mid­dle­ton was a “su­per­fan” who ap­plied online to be on the show and was “open about her tran­si­tion in the ap­pli­ca­tion process.”

“Au­drey plans to dis­cuss her story with the house­guests in her own words dur­ing the pre­miere episode,” the state­ment added.

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