While actor Tom Phelan plays Cole, a transgender male character on Freeform’s The Fosters, the actor prefers using “they/them” pronouns and is non-binary.
“I still deal with misgendering and violent language and people being jerks in general,” they told Hollywood Reporter.
“But I’ve been much more lucky than Cole in that I have a very supportive family and most of the people I’ve come out to have generally been very accepting and kind. I definitely still deal with struggling with access to medical transition and self-image issues. It’s been much easier than the way Cole has had it just because my family has been so amazing.”