Neighbours casts its first transgender character
Eighteen-year-old transgender activist Georgie Stone will join the cast of Neighbours later this year.
Stone will play the soap’s first transgender character.
She approached the shows producers herself and pitched a character.
They reportedly replied in just two hours and Stone will start shooting in June.
She will be on the screens by the end of the year.
Stone is known as the youngest person in Australia to receive hormone blockers.
She later campaigned to change the law and allow families to access hormone treatment without going through the Family Court. Australia changed the law in November last year.
In 2018, judges named Stone the Victorian Young Australian of the Year. Earlier this month she was awarded the 2019 Australian LGBTI Hero of the Year accolade.
Stone told the Daily Telegraph that it is ‘a great opportunity to tell a story that isn’t often told on Australian TV.’
She said it was ‘breaking ground’ and ‘a great story’.
But, she told the paper: ‘I really hope that there will be some trans young people out there who have felt isolated before and then see this character and feel that they are not alone’.
‘When I was growing up as a trans young person I did not see anyone out there who I could relate to’.
Neighbours made history last year by airing its first same-sex wedding.
Aaron (Matt Wilson) and David (Takaya Honda) tied the knot in an intimate ceremony officiated by comedian, Magda Szubanski.
It was described as the wedding of the year and came just months after Australia finally legalized same-sex marriage.
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Author: Rik Glauert