Darlene, played by openly gay actress Sara Gilbert, and David, played by Johnny Galecki, will have two children in the series revival. Their son will be a 9 year-old gender creative child named Mark, reports Showbiz 411.
The casting call asks for young actors who are capable of being both “sensitive and effeminate” for a character that “displays qualities of both young female and male traits.”
A gender nonconforming character would be a first for network television.
Asia Kate Dillon blazed the trail by playing the gender nonconforming character Taylor on Showtime’s Billions. Dillon is gender non-binary and has said that they would have loved to see a character like Taylor on TV when they were growing up.
Netflix’s Degrassi: Next Class also includes a gender fluid character, named Yael, played by Jamie Bloch.