The topic of transgender people has always been controversial to many people. But whether we like it or not, whether we admit it or not, you cannot deny the fact that these people are achieving so much in the different industries that we have today.
In fact, here are some of the world’s most favorite transgender people and the reasons why they are highly loved!
1. Alexis Arquette
She is the sister of David and Patricia Arquette but she is famous for her own right. In addition to starring in “Down and Out in Beverly Hills”, she also has played varying roles in different indie films. She also has a documentary film that showed her life and was played in the 2007 TriBeCa film festival.
2. Janet Mock
She was the former staff editor and she made headlines when she revealed to everyone that she was formerly a man. She also revealed that she was a sex worker at the age of 16 but she was able to go from that to the editor of People Magazine.
3. Laverne Cox
The word know her as Sofia Burset of “Orange is The New Black”. She was the first openly transgender person to be the cover of the Time Magazine and to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.
4. Isis King
She was one of the candidates on the 17th cycle of America’s Next top Model. She undergone gender reassignment therapy in 2009 and has been creating a positive impact as a transgender person since then.
5. Chaz Bono
Bono was one of the few transgender men in the industry and was born a daughter of Sonny and Cher. After is therapy, he became one of the most active LGBT activist and leader.
6. Caitlyn Jenner
She was formerly Bruce Jenner who is a world renowned athlete. Now, she is Caitlyn Jenner, who became popular for publicly dealing with transgender issues. She also has received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
7. Lana Wachowski
She is a professional writer, producer and director. Some of her works include “V for Vendetta” and “The Matrix”. She used to hide about her transition but has now won “Human Rights Campaign Visibility Awards.
8. Jazz Jennings
She is considered to be the youngest openly transgender person in the world. She is now the star of the show, “I AM Jazz” which features her story and she struggled with her gender during her highschool days.
9. Candis Cayne
Candis Cayne plays as Carmelita in “Dirty Sexy Money”. Carmelita is a transgender mistress, which makes Candis one of the openly transgender person who plays a recurring role in television.
10. Carmen Carrera
She was considered to be the hottest character in Rupaul’s Drag Race and she came out as a transgender after the season ended. She is also very active in AIDS awareness campaigns.
11. Kye Allums
He wad formerly a former woman basketball player who played former college basketball team. Now he is an advocate, spokesperson and public speaker and was considered to be the first openly transgender athletic athlete in NCAA I.
12. Jenna Talackova
She was a Canadian model and actress who tried to break new grounds for transgender women who wish to join Miss Universe. She battled legally with the organizers and Donald Trump and was allowed to compete. She made it to Top 12.
13. Fallon Fox
She was a fighter, both figuratively and literally. In fact, she is the openly transgendered fighter to participate in Martial Arts. She also has been chosen to be a part of National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.
14. Amanda Lepore
According to her, she knew that she was female ever since she was a little girl. During her teens, she began to make minor transitions until he underwent the much needed therapy at the age of 17. She has become a popular nightlife figure in NYC and has modelled for various magazines.
15. Alicia Liu
She underwent gender reassignment therapy at 18 years old. She became famous in the showbiz industry. Her former schoolmate outed her by posting pictures of her online but she said that coming out helped her instead of hindering her success.
16. Balian Buschbaum
She was a German pole vault who was considered to be at the top ten. After retiring, she decided to undergo gender reassignment therapy. She openly admitted his reassignment and asked people to call him Balian.
17. Hari Nef
She is one of the first transgendered models to sign up for worldwide representation. She is dedicated to be open in her work so she can help other people understand more about trans people.
18. Lili Elbe
She is the very first person to undergo gender reassignment therapy. She traveled to Germany to undergo the said therapy in 1930. Her series of operations brought about complications which caused her death but she was able to change her gender and name legally before passing.
Indeed, there are many transgender people to admire and look up to. These people are just some of them!