Audrey Middleton To Be First Big Brother Transgender Contestant
Audrey Middleton will be the first-ever transgender contestant on the U.S. edition of “Big Brother.”
The new cast for season 17 of the hit CBS reality show was announced on Tuesday. Fourteen new houseguests will live together and be monitored 24 hours a day. At stake is a $500,000 grand prize.
As Gossip Cop reported at the time, Ariana Grande’s openly gay brother Frankie was one of the contestant’s on last year’s installment. But Middleton will be the series’ first transgender competitor. Interestingly, however, that factoid was not part of CBS’ announcement.
In press notes, CBS simply said the 25-year-old was a digital media consultant from Georgia. But Middleton has come out to TMZ as transgender, revealing she used to be a boy named Adam. The contestant says she transitioned several years ago, and hopes to inspire viewers with her story.
Middleton calls herself both a “Big Brother” and Caitlyn Jenner fan, and sees the series as an opportunity to build awareness and break down stereotypes. As Gossip Cop previously reported, the show came under fire in 2013 when then-contestant Aaryn Gries made racist and homophobic comments. Hopefully, that will not be an issue again.
CBS has promised the new season, premiering June 24, will have a new “twist” that will “shake up the house all summer long.” Julie Chen is back once again as host. What do you think of “Big Brother” having a transgender contestant this year?