The courage and success of these trans athletes, models, and actresses will surely inspire you.
#2 Balian Buschbaum, retired pole vault champion.
He had his reassignment surgery in 2007, after he had retired as one of the top 10 of all-time pole vaulters. “Courage is the road to freedom. I woke up in complete freedom today. The sky is wide open,” said Balian.
#3 Laverne Cox aka Sofia Burset from “Orange is the New Black.”
Cox is the first openly transgender woman to be featured on the cover of Time magazine. She was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.
#4 Alicia Liu, Taiwanese model.
She gained popularity as a TV personality, and as a model. After she became a success, a former classmate outed her. She says her career was not affected when her classmate shared the news: “To go public with my sex change was more of a help for me than hindrance, and it had not affected my life,” said Liu.
#5 Carmen Carrera, AIDS awareness activist and model.
Did you know? There was a petition requesting that Victoria’s secret make her an Angel in 2013. The petition received 45,000 signatures!
#6 Caitlyn Jenner, “I Am Cait.”
Once a top athlete named Bruce Jenner, she has now become one of the most famous trans women in the world. In 2015 she received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
#7 Lili Elbe: One of the first known recipients of sex reassignment surgery.