28 inspiring transgender celebrities (2022)

Transgender visibility has reached new heights in Hollywood and beyond. Here are 28 inspiring transgender celebrities who have broken barriers for themselves and others.

Elliot Page

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“Umbrella Academy” star Page came out as transgender on Dec. 1, 2020.

“I feel lucky to be writing this,” he wrote on social media. “To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life. I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self.”

Laverne Cox

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Cox quickly became one of the most visible trans actresses with the rise of “Orange Is the New Black,” on which she had a starring role. But despite her celebrity, Cox has continued to deal with harassment over her identity: She revealed in November 2020 that she and a friend were the targets of an attack she believed was transphobic while they were walking in LA’s Griffith Park.

Isis King

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King, the first transgender woman to compete on “America’s Next Top Model,” has been making inroads since her groundbreaking appearance on the show, most recently appearing in an episode of HBO’s “Equal.”

“I feel like our voices are just now starting to be heard,” King told Page Six in November 2020. “So it was very inspiring to hear stories from that far back of these people who didn’t have anybody else like them around and just had their own courage to make it work.”

Valentina Sampaio

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In July 2020, Sampaio became the first transgender model to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. She also made history in 2019 by becoming Victoria’s Secret’s first-ever openly transgender model.

“Brazil is a beautiful country, but it also hosts the highest number of violent crimes and murders against the trans community in the world — three times that of the US,” Sampaio wrote of her native country in a personal essay for SI. “Our options for growing up in a loving and accepting family, having a fruitful experience at school or finding dignified work are unimaginably limited and challenging. I recognize that I am one of the fortunate ones, and my intention is to honor that as best I can.”

Zaya Wade

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Dwyane Wade’s child Zaya “[knew she was transgender] since she was 3 years old,” Wadetold “Good Morning America” in August 2020. “Along this way we’ve asked questions and we’ve learned. But she’s known.”

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Waderevealed Zaya was transgenderin August 2020 on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Jazz Jennings

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Trans activist and reality star Jennings became a high-profile face for transgender individuals with appearances on “20/20” and Rosie O’Donnell’s show in the 2000s when she was in elementary school. Jennings dealt with a setback in her gender transition in 2018, but in January 2020 posted a picture on Instagram that proudly showed off scars from her procedures, calling them “my battle wounds because they signify the strength and perseverance it took to finally complete my transition.”

Zach Barack

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Barack became the first openly transgender actor to appear in a Marvel film with 2019’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”

“The truth is you have to put out there what people want to see and what people need to see,” he said. “And as a young person who is trans, I didn’t see a trans man on TV ever, ever, really, until I was like, 17,” Barack said at the time. “So having a fun movie about a class going on a trip together, and I get to be part of that, I can’t even …”

Miriam Rivera

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Rivera, who died in 2019 at the age of 38, was the first openly transgender reality TV star, best known for being a cast member of the 2004 dating show “There’s Something About Miriam” and “Big Brother Australia.”

An active member of the New York’s ballroom scene as part of the House of Xtravaganza, Rivera was honored by the House on Instagram when she died.

Indya Moore

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“Pose” star Indya Moore revealed in 2019 that she was a victim of sex trafficking when she was a teen and trying to pay for female hormones.

But with “Pose,” Moore said in the same Elle interview — she was the magazine’s first transgender cover star — “I just knew my life was going to change.”

“I knew I had a chance to teach the world something that would help more people to be safe.”

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Laura Jane Grace

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Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace became one of alternative music’s trans trailblazers with their transition, documented on the band’s “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” record. “I wish I’d have addressed all this earlier, because I could have been much further along with getting myself together,” Grace told the Post in 2014. “I’m a lot happier not having to deny it all.”

Michael D. Cohen

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Michael D. Cohen, who voices the character Schwoz Schwartz on Nickelodeon’s longest-running live-action sitcom, “Henry Danger,” revealed he was transgender in 2019, having transitioned decades ago before his career took off. “The level of — let’s be polite — misunderstanding around trans issues is so profound and so destructive,” he said in May 2019. “When you disempower one population, you disempower everybody.”

Nathan Westling

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Flame-haired Fashion Week fixture Westling, whose resume includes work for Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton along with Chanel and Miu Miu, revealed to CNN Style in March 2019 that he began taking testosterone approximately six months ago, and planned to get top surgery and return to fashion in the future. “It feels like I’ve been wearing like a mask my whole life,” he told CNN. “I’m not wearing a skin that I don’t feel I am anymore.”

Teddy Geiger

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Musician Geiger came out as trans in October 2017, explaining a year later that “At a certain point I realized that I was born uncomfortable. I was born in this in-between where I want to express one way.”

“Nobody really knew me, and all of this stuff that now on a day to day basis I don’t have to deal with. It is a huge weight lifted,” she said.

Kim Petras

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Petras made history as the youngest person to undergo sexual gender reassignment surgery at 16, then moved to LA to pursue music, becoming one of the pop sphere’s modern trans groundbreakers.

“Some people think that if you’re a transgender [artist], that’s all you can do and all your messaging should be about,” she told Page Six in October 2018. “But I write about human emotions, human feelings. And I think everyone can relate to that.”

Caitlyn Jenner

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Jenner’s 2015 Vanity Fair cover confirming her transition added a new dimension to the former Olympian’s fame as part of the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” media conglomerate. Jenner has at times struggled with reconciling that with her family; the Kardashians distanced themselves from her following the release ofCaitlyn’s 2017 memoir, “Secrets of My Life,” which includes juicy family tidbits and claims ex-wifeKris Jenner was aware of her struggle with gender identity.

Andreja Pejic

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Fashion-world darling Pejic had made a name for themselves by modeling in both female and male clothing but made their runway debut as a woman in 2015.

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“I figured out who I was very early on — actually, at the age of 13, with the help of the Internet — so I knew that a transition, becoming a woman, was always something I needed to do,”she told Style.com.

Alexis Arquette

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Arquette, who died in 2016, was a fearless advocate for LGBTQ rights in Hollywood, using her position in the famous family of actors as a sometimes-bully-pulpit against individuals she thought were being insufficiently open about their identity — famously, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett.

“I’m in mourning every day of my life, Alexis, and I will be the rest of my life for you until we change the world so that trans people are not persecuted and give them jobs,” her sister Patricia said in her 2019 Emmy acceptance speech.

The Wachowskis

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The Wachowskis — who helmed the iconic “Matrix” series — had both transitioned to female by 2016. “Everyone is cool with it,” Lilly wrote in March 2016. “Yes, thanks to my fabulous sister they’ve done it before, but also because they’re fantastic people.”

“Now that I’m out and a living example of someone who can grow old being a trans woman, [trans people] can see those films through the lens of my transness and their transness,” Lilly told The Hollywood Reporter in June 2020. “They’re able to go, ‘Oh my God, these films were such an important part of my coming out and my own journey.’ I’m extraordinarily grateful that I could offer that to people.”

Candis Cayne

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Cayne became the first transgender woman to play a transgender character on network television in 2007 opposite William Baldwin in the ABC drama “Dirty Sexy Money.” She notched a new level of fame via her friendship with Caitlyn Jenner and appearances in Jenner’s “I Am Cait” series.

Janet Mock

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Author and activist Mock has long been in the trenches fighting for LGBTQ rights and most recently made history by becoming the first trans woman of color hired as a writer for a TV series in history for her work on Ryan Murphy’s FX hit “Pose” (she also directed the show’s sixth episode, another milestone).

“Instead of just turning the lens only on the murder, the violence, the abuse, and the space of lack,” Mock told Marie Claire of her career in August 2020, “you then turn the camera and you say that actually in this space thatyousee as a space of lack, we’re thriving.”

Lea T

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Fashion-world darling Lea T — née Leandra Medeiros Cerezo — became one of high fashion’s trans icons when then-Givenchy senior designer Ricardo Tisci discovered her. The Brazilian-born, Italy-raised model subsequently became Tisci’s muse and close friend, and she adopted the first letter of his surname in tribute, leading campaigns for Burberry when Tisci became chief creative officer there. In 2014, Lea Tbecame the first trans model to landa Redken contract, and in 2016, she became the first trans person to participate in an Olympic opening ceremony, leading the Brazilian team into the stadium on a bike.

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Chaz Bono

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As the child of Cher and Sonny Bono, Chaz was born to pop-culture prominence. As an activist and writer, Bono’s celebrity helped them to become an early LGTBQ touchstone for many Americans — helped along by the 2011 OWN documentary chronicling their transition, “Becoming Chaz” — and they notched another milestone by becoming the first-ever trans contestant on “Dancing With the Stars” the same year.

Wendy Carlos

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Synthesizer pioneer Carlos became a minor celebrity in the late 1960s after helping develop the soon-to-be-ubiquitous Moog instrument and recording her debut, “Switched-On Bach,” a landmark album of Bach compositions played on early synths that was an out-of-nowhere, best-selling, multiple-Grammy-winning hit. Collaborations with Stanley Kubrick (“A Clockwork Orange” and “The Shining”) followed, and Carlos subsequently became an early trans pioneer in the music world following an incredibly candid, far-ranging interview with Playboy that delved into her transition.

Ines Rau

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Rau’s appearance in a steamy spread with Tyson Beckford in French magazine OOB in 2013 — shortly after coming out as trans — paved the way for groundbreaking appearances in Playboy in 2013 and 2017. Rau became the first openly trans woman to appear in the mag, following her own inspiration …

Caroline Cossey

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Cossey was thrust into the role of figurehead for the trans community when she was involuntarily outed by the British tabloid News of the World in the 1980s after her appearance in the James Bond film “For Your Eyes Only.”

“I was destroyed overnight,”Cossey said in 2016. “There was nothing I could do and my life was in tatters so I ran away. I hid from the limelight because it was the only way to feel safe.”

Cossey bounced back and became the first transgender woman to pose for Playboy in 1991, going on to become an important activist in Europe as she petitioned to change the laws around marriage for trans individuals.

Hari Nef

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Multi-hyphenate Nef has broken barriers across a variety of mediums, becoming the first transgender woman to cover a major British magazine (Elle in 2016) a year after becoming modeling agency IMG’s first transgender signee. She’s written for multiple publications and landed roles in Amazon’s “Transparent” and Netflix’s “You,” telling Page Six in 2019 that “Modeling taught me how to relax in front of a camera and acting taught me how to tell stories using my body — even if the script is a piece of clothing.”

Jenna Talackova

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Talackova entered the history books in 2012 when, after securing entry to Miss Universe Canada, she was outed by someone who recognized her from a 2010 Thai beauty pageant for transgender women. The Miss Universe pageant disqualified Talackova, who contacted famed feminist lawyer Gloria Allred, who took on the case and challenged the pageant. The organization reversed its stance under the pressure, and Tackova made it into the top 12 contestants before losing out, though she was one of the pageant’s Miss Congeniality winners that year.

Ian Harvie

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Stand-up comic Harvie embarked on his comedy career in 2002, subsequently being taken under the wing of comedy icon Margaret Cho, who made Harvie a permanent member of her off-Broadwayburlesquecomedy revue. Harvie has addressed his transition throughout his now-international career — memorably titling his one-man show “Parts Sold Separately” — and achieved a new level of prominence with a role in “Transparent,” becoming the first transgender male actor to portray a transitioned trans man on a scripted American television show.

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Who is the most famous transgender?

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NameBirth and death yearsNotable as
Caroline Cossey (a.k.a. Tula)1954model, actress, and author
Jayne County1947musician
Roberta Cowell1918–2011World War II fighter pilot, and the first British trans woman to undergo gender reassignment
Laverne Cox1972actress, producer, and advocate
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Who is the transgender star?

Laverne Cox
BornMay 29, 1972 Mobile, Alabama, U.S.
EducationIndiana University Bloomington Marymount Manhattan College
OccupationActress activist
Years active2000–present
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Who was the first transgender person?

Christine Jorgensen (May 30, 1926 – May 3, 1989) was an American trans woman who was the first person to become widely known in the United States for having sex reassignment surgery.
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Christine Jorgensen
OccupationActress, night club singer, recording artist
Known forPioneering gender reassignment
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Who is transgender in Bollywood?

Pakhi Sharma, famous as Bobby Darling and formerly known as Pankaj Sharma, is a transgender Indian actress active in Bollywood and regional Indian film industry.
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Bobby Darling
BornDelhi, India
NationalityIndian
OccupationActor

Can transgender get pregnant?

Pregnancy is possible for transgender men who retain functioning ovaries and a uterus, such as in the case of Thomas Beatie. Regardless of prior hormone replacement therapy treatments, the progression of pregnancy and birthing procedures are typically the same as those of cisgender women.

How long does a transgender person live?

Psychologist Graciela Balestra, who works closely with the transgender community, says it's an especially vulnerable population. "Transgender people have an average life expectancy of about 30 to 32 years," Balestra says.

How many genders are there?

There are many different gender identities, including male, female, transgender, gender neutral, non-binary, agender, pangender, genderqueer, two-spirit, third gender, and all, none or a combination of these.

What celebrity is non-binary?

Non-binary, genderqueer and genderfluid identities
NameBirth yearNotable as
Miley Cyrus1992Singer, songwriter, actor
Adore Delano1989Singer, songwriter, drag queen, television personality
Cara Delevingne1992Model, actor
Destiny1988Twitch streamer, political commentator, YouTube personality
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What actress became a man?

Page publicly came out as transgender in December 2020. In March 2021, he became the first openly trans man to appear on the cover of Time magazine.
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Elliot Page
BornFebruary 21, 1987 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
OccupationActor producer
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Emma Portner ​ ​ ( m. 2018; div. 2021)​
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Who invented transgender?

Virginia Prince[1] coined the word transgenderism which is a blanket term for both transsexualism and transvestism and authored books like Understanding cross dressing and seventy years in the trenches of the Gender wars.

Is there surgery for female-to-male?

Female-to-male surgery is a type of sex reassignment surgery, which is also called gender affirmation surgery or gender-affirming surgery. This can take different forms, including the removal of breasts — a mastectomy — and the altering of the genital region, known as “bottom” surgery.

Who is the most beautiful transgender in India?

Joshi won the Miss World Diversity beauty pageant three times in a row. She is India's first transgender cover model. She is the world's first trans woman to win an international beauty pageant with cisgender women.
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Naaz Joshi
Modeling information
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorGreen
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What age does transgender start?

Transgender Women Results

The mean age of the first onset of GD was 6.71 years, with a mode and median of 5. The mean number of years that these patients lived with GD prior to beginning gender-affirming transition (either surgery, GAHT, or social transition) was 27.14 years (Table 2).

Who is the first transgender MLA in India?

Shabnam "Mausi" Bano (शबनम मौसी) ("Mausi" noun. Hindi - "Aunty") is the first transgender Indian to be elected to public office (MLA). She was an elected member of the Madhya Pradesh State Legislative Assembly from 1998 to 2003. (Hijras were granted voting rights in 1994 in India.)

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