Audrey Middleton wasted no time revealing to her fellow Big Brother 17 housemates that she’s the first transgender houseguest in Big Brother history.
Eight houseguests were introduced into the game on Wednesday’s premiere, and after all 8 entered the house and pleasantries were exchanged, Audrey suggested that everyone step up and reveal something interesting about themselves. Nice segue Audrey!
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After each had their turn, Audrey shared her story with her new friends. She’s from a little town outside of Atlanta, she explained, and a digital media consultant. But then came the BIG reveal.
“Something interesting about me,” shared Audrey, “is that I am the first transgender person to be on Big Brother!”
The group was surprised, but reacted warmly. There were compliments: “You look amazing!” exclaimed Shelli. “Looking good!” shouted Jace, the skateboarder. John, the self described “Asian Hillbilly” looked a little stunned at first, but he adjusted. “Never would have guessed it,” said former college football player (and resident hottie), Clay.
Audrey explained that she completely transitioned 3 years ago and that it was the first time she admitted it on a “public forum.”
In the diary room, Audrey said that she felt like the group really took it well. “But this is Big Brother,” she said, “There’s only one winner. And now it’s game time.”
“Buckle up bitches!” she declared.
Ha. Make no mistake, this gal is all business. At one point (not seen in the posted video) Audrey shared with the group about how her conservative parents initially sent her away to conversion therapy. She’s was in a program with troubled teens–kids who had drug problems and emotional issues.
The family eventually came to understand that they were wrong, and got her the help that she really needed. She forgave them. Now, they are all really close. Her unsentimental telling of an emotional story revealed a no nonsense straight shooter, but with a heart. My first impression of Audrey, from her initial video package, was a cold, unlikeable person. My opinion has changed. I like her no-nonsense ways. This chick has been through a lot and has no time for bullsh*t. I can appreciate that.
What do you think? Click to read Steven’s FULL RECAP of the Big Brother 17 premiere.