The world is definitely taking steps forward when it comes to not only accepting transgendered folks for the awesome peeps they are, but also cheering on every 鈥渇irst鈥 we鈥檙e able to support. Obviously we were all applauding Caitlyn Jenner鈥檚 Vanity Fair cover (not to mention her response to offensive remarks) 鈥 now, we鈥檙e cheering loudly for a new actor on the scene named Jackson Millarker, an amazing eight-year-old actor who also happens to be transgender.

Modern Family

Appearing on Wednesday鈥檚 Modern Family episode called 鈥淎 Stereotypical Day,鈥 Jackson will be playing Lily鈥檚 friend Tom. The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) must teach Lily a lesson in acceptance when they overhear her saying some not-nice things to her new friend.

Ryan Case, the director of Modern Family, posted a pic of herself along with Jackson to Instagram saying, 鈥淭his is Jackson Millarker. He鈥檚 8 years old, from Atlanta, and just happens to be transgender. He plays Lily鈥檚 friend Tom in this week鈥檚 Modern Family and he鈥檚 wonderful. One of the many reasons I love being a part of this show.鈥

We can鈥檛 wait to see Jackson鈥檚 surely awesome debut!

You can catch Jackson on Modern Family Wednesday at 9pm on ABC.

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(h/t Hollywood Reporter; photos via ABC)