ABC writes role for transgender ‘Modern Family’ character

The media outlet’s decision to acknowledge the LGBT community in one of its most popular programs has gained a lot of positive traction online. Here’s the gist.

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A transgender child actor joined the cast of the ABC comedy “Modern Family” this week.

The show cast 8-year-old Jackson Millarker to play “Tom,” a friend of the character Lilly.

Ryan Case directed the episode “A Stereotypical Day” and took to Instagram to post about the decision:

This is Jackson Millarker. He’s 8 years old, from Atlanta, and just happens to be transgender. He plays Lily’s friend Tom in this week’s Modern Family and he’s wonderful. One of the many reasons I love being a part of this show.

The caption accompanied a photo of Case—whose account is private—and the actor.

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Millarker’s character on the show is also transgender.

The Atlantic explains the circumstance and significance

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