Isis King (born October 1, 1985) is an American fashion model and a fashion designer. She was a contestant on both the eleventh cycle and the seventeenth cycle of the reality television show America's Next Top Model. She was the first trans woman to compete on the show, and became one of the most visible transgender people on television.
Leandro Medeiros Cerezo, known professionally as Lea T, (born 17 april 1981), is a Brazilian-born, Italian-raised transgender fashion model. She is the muse of Riccardo Tisci, creative director of French luxury brand Givenchy; her professional last name of "T" stands for Tisci.
Roberta Close (Roberta Gambine Moreira; born 7 December 1964) is a Brazilian fashion model. She was the first transgender model to have posed for the Brazilian edition of Playboy. She has appeared on the catwalk for numerous fashion houses, including Thierry Mugler. In addition to Playboy, Close has been featured in editorials for Vogue.
Brandon Teena (December 12, 1972 – December 31, 1993) was an American trans man who was raped and murdered in Humboldt, Nebraska. His life and death were the subject of the Academy Award-winning 1999 film Boys Don't Cry, which was based on the documentary film The Brandon Teena Story. Teena's violent death, along with the murder of Matthew Shepard, led to increased lobbying for hate crime laws in the United States.
Angela Helen Clayton MBE (born 1959, died on 8th January 2014) is an internationally known physicist working in the fields of Nuclear Criticality Safety and Health Physics. She was also a campaigner for the rights of transsexual people.
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Jenny Hiloudaki (Greek: Τζένη Χειλουδάκη) (born February 21, 1968) is a transsexual Greek former model and brothel keeper who regularly attracted the attention of the Greek media. Her affair with a District Attorney caused a national scandal and she has appeared on national television many times.
Parinya Charoenphol (Thai: ปริญญา เจริญผล; rtgs: Parinya Charoenphon; born 9 June 1981), nicknamed Toom (Thai: ตุ้ม; rtgs: Tum), also known by the stage name Parinya Kiatbusaba (Thai: ปริญญา เกียรติบุษบา; rtgs: Parinya Kiatbutsaba) and the colloquial name Nong Toom (Thai: น้องตุ้ม; rtgs: Nong Tum; meaning "Lil Sis Toom"), is a Thai boxer, former Muay Thai (Thai boxing) champion, model and actress. She is a kathoey (trans woman).
Alicia Liu Xun-ai (Chinese: 劉薰愛; pinyin: Liú Xūn'ài) was born in Taoyuan County (now Taoyuan City), Taiwan on 12 June 1986. She is a Taiwanese model and television personality, sometimes known by the nickname Xiao Ai.
Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen (born Amanda Michelle Lehtinen on April 1, 1986 in Miami, Florida) is a Cuban-American, transgender LGBT rights advocate.
Choi Han-bit (Hangul: 최한빛) is a South Korean model and actress. She is a graduate of the School of Dance at the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul, where she majored in Korean traditional dance. With the support of her parents, Choi underwent male-to-female sex reassignment surgery in 2006. She changed her given name from Han-jin to Han-bit, and is legally recognized as female in South Korea. In an interview, Choi said that "living with the female body itself brought me the greatest feeling of euphoria", but also that she has "a fond memory of the past before the operation". Prior to her surgery, she had appeared on the Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) television show Yoo Jae-suk's Jinsil Game in 2005. She was a contestant on Korea's Next Top Model, Cycle 3, where she ended 10th.
Gwen Araujo, an American teenage pre-operative transgender woman, was murdered in Newark, California, in October 2002. She was killed by four men, two with whom she had been sexually intimate, who beat and strangled her after discovering she was transgender. Two of the defendants were convicted of second-degree murder, but not convicted on the requested hate crime enhancements. The other two defendants pleaded guilty or no contest to voluntary manslaughter. In at least one of the trials, a trans panic defense - an extension of the gay panic defense - was employed.
Gregory Hancock Hemingway (November 12, 1931 – October 1, 2001), also known as Gloria Hemingway in later life, was the third and youngest child of author Ernest Hemingway. He became a physician and authored a memoir of life with Ernest Hemingway.
Judiel Nieva (born 1977), also known as Angel de la Vega, is a Filipino transgender woman, actress and businesswoman, notable for her claims of seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary atop a guava tree in Agoo, La Union, Philippines in what was labeled as the "Miracle of Agoo" from 1989 until 1993. The Roman Catholic Church officially declared Nieva's visions as non-supernatural in 1993.
Tista Das or simply Tista (born 9 May 1978) a noted Bengali transsexual, is an Indian actress who has acted in quite a few Hindi and Bengali film industry productions as lead actress along with playing other supporting roles.
Chen Lili (or Lili Chen，simplified Chinese: 陈莉莉; traditional Chinese: 陳莉莉; pinyin: Chén Lìlì; born February, 1980) is a transgender singer, model, and actress from People's Republic of China . She became widely known in 2004 when she competed and attempted to compete in beauty pageants as a woman.
Ali He’shun Forney (April 12, 1975 – December 5, 1997) was an African-American gay and transgender youth who also used the name Luscious. He was a peer counselor of and advocate for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and was killed on the street in Harlem. The Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth was named after him when it opened in June 2002.
Elizabeth Debbie Eden (August 19, 1946 – September 29, 1987), born Ernest Aron, was an American trans woman whose notoriety came through her boyfriend John Wojtowicz. Wojtowicz attempted a bank robbery to pay for her sex reassignment surgery. The incident was made into the 1975 crime drama-comedy film Dog Day Afternoon directed by Sidney Lumet. The character Leon Shermer, played by Chris Sarandon, is loosely based on Eden.
Albert D. J. Cashier (December 25, 1843 – October 10, 1915), born Jennie Irene Hodgers, was an Irish-born immigrant who served as a male soldier in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Cashier was Transgender and lived as a man.
Antony Hegarty (born 24 Octоber 1971), often referred to simply as Antony, is an English singer, composer, and visual artist, best known as the lead singer of the band Antony and the Johnsons.
Ramon Te Wake (born 25 March 1976) is a documentarian, singer-songwriter and television presenter from New Zealand. She is a trans woman and her first presenting job was for Māori Television, where she was one of three people fronting Takatāpui, which is Maori Television's first ever lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) show.
Bethany Black (born 24 December 1978) is a stand up comedian from Chorley, Lancashire, England. Described as "Britain's only goth, lesbian, transsexual comedian", Black is known for performing black comedy, dealing with controversial subjects. She adheres to a vegan diet.
Dorce Gamalama (born Dedi Yuliardi Ashadi, July 21, 1963) is an Indonesian trans woman, who is a pop singer, actress, presenter, and comedian.