The ABC’s kids drama series First Day, starring transgender actress Evie Macdonald, has won an International Kids Emmy Award.
In the show, Evie (pictured above left) plays Hannah Bradford, a 12-year-old transgender girl, who is navigating starting at a new high school as her authentic self.
First Day premiered on ABC ME in March 2020, and subsequently was a huge success overseas.
It screened around the world including in the US, UK, Canada, Japan, France, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Israel, New Zealand, Taiwan, Ireland, South Africa, and Brazil.
Now the show has won best live-action series at the 2021 International Kids Emmy Awards, announced online this week.
After the win, the show’s producer Kristy Stark thanked everyone involved with the show.
“First Day is the combined effort of our incredible cast, crew and supporters to bring an important story to the screen,” she said.
“We’re so grateful to everyone who has been involved throughout the journey.
“An Emmy is a significant award and we’re thrilled that even more trans kids around the world will now have the opportunity to see themselves represented on TV.”
Evie Macdonald’s trans series First Day gets second season
A second season of First Day wrapped production in August and will premiere in 2022.
The new series will follow Hannah in her second year at Hillview High. The teenager sets out to improve the culture at her school.
Speaking last year, Evie Macdonald explained, “Growing up trans, you can feel alone a lot. I really identified with the series when I read the scripts.
“A lot of what is in the show is stuff that I went through.
“I think that when people watch the series they’re going to think, ‘Hannah is just like me, she’s not that different’.
“I really want people to see and feel that.”
Julie Kalceff, creator of Australian lesbian web series Starting From… Now, returned to helm season two of First Day.
“My hope is that this will increase understanding and acceptance amongst the target audience and the wider community,” she said.
“I want to help give a voice to those who struggle as a direct result of not seeing themselves represented on screen.”
The first season of First Day is streaming in Australia on ABC iView now.
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