‘Big Brother’ casts first openly transgender houseguest

Audrey Middleton

Audrey Middleton CBS

Audrey MiddletonCBS

Audrey Middleton

CBS has revealed the cast of “Big Brother 17, which includes the first-ever openly transgender contestant on the U.S. version of the popular summer series.

TMZ first broke the news Tuesday that Audrey Middleton, a 25-year-old digital media consultant from Georgia, is transgender. Middleton’s gender identity was not mentioned in her online cast bio, but CBS confirmed the news in a statement later in the day.

“Audrey Middleton is a ‘Big Brother’ super fan who applied online, like many other hopeful Houseguests, and was open about her transition in the application process. It is customary for ‘Big Brother’ Houseguests to share personal news inside the house, and Audrey plans to discuss her story with the houseguests in her own words during the premiere episode.”

TMZ has Middleton’s interview:

Middleton says she has been inspired by Caitlyn Jenner’s story, and hopes that she too can inspire other transgender individuals around the country.

“Big Brother” premieres with a two-night event on Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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