New trans character to debut on 'Faking It'

The MTV series Faking It will introduce Noah, a new transgender character, in the episode "Jagged Little Heart" on Tuesday night. Elliot Fletcher, a young trans actor, was cast in the role following a nationwide casting call. Noah is described as "charismatic, confident and hip. and is equal parts charming and vulnerable. He's the boy next door with a leather jacket and a rock 'n roll attitude who plays guitar or bass for a band that competes in a battle of the bands contest."  Tomorrow night's episode is also directed by out trans director, Silas Howard.

Faking It is one of the most LGBT-inclusive shows on television, and has been nominated for two GLAAD Media Awards. Carter Covington, the show's creator, said that in adding Noah to the cast, he wanted to "tell a story that was groundbreaking, but also relatable. And to make every effort to cast a trans actor in the role as well as to incorporate more transgender characters in the speaking roles and in the background."

GLAAD worked closely with the show as they put out the casting call and developed the character of Noah. Previously GLAAD collaborated with the show, and with the intersex advocacy group interACT, when the show revealed that the character of Lauren is intersex. Last season Laverne Cox had a guest star role as drama teacher Margot on the show.

Check out a sneak peek of Noah's first appearance here and then tune in to MTV on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 10:30pm ET/PT to see the entire episode. Noah will return on April 26 for the last four episodes of season three.