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'Modern Family' to Feature One of TV's First Openly Transgender Child Actors

Eight year-old transgender actor Jackson Millarker will guest star in this week's episode of "Modern Family" as Lily's new friend

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    Actors Sarah Hyland, Sofa Vergara, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Ariel Winter, Julie Bowen, Nolan Gould, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rico Rodriguez, Eric Stonestreet, Ed O'Neill and Ty Burrell, winners of the Outstanding Comedy Series Award for 'Modern Family', pose in the press room at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

    Lily's making a landmark new friend on "Modern Family."

    Eight year-old transgender actor Jackson Millarker will guest star in this week's episode of "Modern Family" as Lily's (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) new friend, ABC confirms.

    According to the official episode description, Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) think they overhear Lily insulting her new pal, and have to take a "quick look in the mirror" before they teach her a lesson about acceptance.

    "So proud to have directed this amazing kid," the episode's director, Ryan Case, tweeted. She also posted a photo of herself with Millarker on Instagram.

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    "This is Jackson Millarker," she wrote. "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 part of this show."

    NewNowNext was the first to report the news.

    Just last week, "Transparent" star Jeffrey Tambor used his Emmy acceptance speech for best actor in a comedy series to urge Hollywood to hire more transgender actors.

    "I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television," he said. "We have work to do."

    "Modern Family" airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. on ABC.