Jun 20, 2015 11:12 PM GMT
QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HEREBig Brother announced that they’ll be welcoming their first ever transgender houseguest, Audrey Middleton, on the 17th season of the hit reality TV show, and Julie Chen is speaking out about it.
During an emotional segment on The Talk Wednesday, the host of the reality competition said of the 25-year-old digital media consultant from Villa Rica, Georgia, “Audrey told us she is planning on telling everyone in the Big Brother house that she is transgender when she and all the other houseguests meet each other for the first time on the premiere night. I just want to say I hope you watch with compassion and an open mind, to learn something about a community you may not be familiar with,” Chen said, adding, that this is “Audrey’s story to tell, and I’m looking forward to hearing it.”
We’re looking forward to it too!
Middleton, who was born as Adam, is gearing up to use the show as a platform for spreading awareness about the transgender community. And while many are speculating that Middleton is most likely a nervous wreck due to the show’s history of racist and homophobic houseguests, sources say the 25-year-old digital consultant is “pumped” and can’t wait to be livestream recorded 24/7.
Insiders tell TMZ that Audrey made her transition from male to female only a few years ago, and while her family had a hard time accepting it at first, they’s now fully supportive of the Georgia native.