LOS ANGELES, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Modern Family has become the first show in TV history to cast an openly transgender child actor when they signed 8-year-old Jackson Millarker to a guest spot.
Millarker appears as Tom, a new friend of Lily, played by Aubrey Anderson-Emmons. Lily's dads, played by Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, think they hear Lily insult Tom during a playdate, and they then use that moment to continue to teach Lily about openmindedness and inclusion.
The episode's director, Ryan Case, shared a photo of herself with Millarker on Instagram, breaking the news of his upcoming appearance.
"This is Jackson Millarker. He's 8 years old, from Atlanta, and just happen to be transgender. He plays Lily's friend Tom in this week's Modern Family and he's wonderful," Case said. "One of the many reasons I love being a part of this show."
Case also shared a link to a story about the episode on Twitter, saying she was "so proud" to have directed Millarker.