7 Famous and Inspiring Transgender Men and Women

  • As you probably know by now, Caitlyn Jenner — formerly known as Bruce — came out in a big way on the July 2015 cover of Vanity Fair photographed by Annie Leibovitz. But she is not the only transgender celebrity. Christine Jorgensen became a celebrity in her own right after she went public about her sex reassignment surgery in 1952. At the time, this was seen as radical and created quite the worldwide stir. Today, growing numbers of transgender men and women — including many celebrities — are embracing their true selves. Here are seven famous transgender men and women.

  • Alexis Arquette

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    Alexis Arquette is an actress, musician and cabaret performer. She is also the sister of actors David, Rosanna and Patricia. Arquette has appeared as both male and female characters on a multitude of TV shows and movies including the Bride of Chucky, Pulp Fiction and The Wedding Singer. She was the subject of a 2007 documentary called Alexis Arquette: She's My Brother.

  • Zoey Tur

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    By Zoeytur [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

    Zoey Tur, formerly known as "Chopper Bob," is now a special correspondent on Inside Edition and the nation's first transgender television reporter. "Chopper Bob" was made famous for her coverage of the O.J. Simpson Bronco chase in 1994 and the L.A. riots.

  • Jazz Jennings

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    Image Courtesy of TLC

    Jazz Jennings is the 14-year-old oh-so-sassy star of a new docuseries on TLC called I Am Jazz. She already has a published children's book titled I Am Jazz, and runs a nonprofit organization, TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation. Sure to be the voice and conscience of the next generation of transgender youth, Jazz was included in Time Magazine's list of "The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014."

  • Laverne Cox

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    When Time Magazine ran a story titled "The Transgender Tipping Point," it was Laverne Cox who graced the cover. An actress and an advocate, she is perhaps best known as playing transgender inmate Sophia Burset on the Netflix television series Orange is the New Black. Her documentary Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word aired on MTV and Logo.

  • Chaz Bono

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    By Greg Hernandez (Flickr: Chaz Bono) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

    Born Chastity Sun Bono, the golden-haired daughter of entertainers Sonny and Cher, Chaz is an actor and advocate for the lesbian, gay and transgender community. He documents his transition in Becoming Chaz, a film which scored three Emmy nods, and is the author of Transition: Becoming Who I Was Always Meant to Be. He also had an impressive turn on ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

  • Jenna Talackova

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    Vancouver beauty queen Talackova was the first transgender woman to compete in a Miss Universe pageant. Initially disqualified for not being born female, public outrage forced the pageant owners (including Donald Trump) to reconsider. She made it to the Top 12 in the Miss Universe Canada and won the Miss Congeniality award.

  • Caitlin Jenner

    What more can be said about Jenner. After being hounded by the paparazzi for years, and despite deep denials from her inner circle including ex-wife Kris Kardashian, Jenner came out to Diane Sawyer in an exclusive 20/20 interview. Post transition, she posed on the cover of Vanity Fair looking stunning, and now the former Olympian is the star of her own E! docuseries called I Am Cait. Other famous transgender women make cameos on the show including Candis Cayne, who just may be Caitlin's new love interest.


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