Famous Transgender People

Transgender people are among the most discriminated minority groups in the world and are not legally protected from discrimination in many places even in the most developed countries. Being ostracized by their own families and friends, and not being provided with equal rights when it comes to education and choice of profession makes life very difficult for most of those who identify themselves as transgender. But there’s always a ray of hope for them, as these celebrity transgender people have proved. Overcoming social, economic, and legal hassles, many transgender people have successfully built a good life for themselves and are devoted to making the world a better place for others in a similar situation. Gynecologist Marci Bowers became the first trans woman to perform sex reassignment surgery. She’s a beacon of hope for others as are model Janet Mock, Olympic champion Balian Buschbaum, and musician Alexis Arquette. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous transgender people.
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 1 
Eddie Izzard
(Comedian, Voice actor, Stage actor, Film actor)
Eddie Izzard
27
Birthdate: February 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aden, Yemen

Although best known for her surreal and digressive stand-up comedies, Eddie Izzard is also a popular film and television actor. Born as Edward John Izzard, she began her career as a street performer, eventually making her first stage appearance at the age of twenty-five, quickly drawing larger and larger audience with her stream-of-consciousness delivery, achieving fame both home and abroad.

 2 
Kim Petras
(German Pop Singer and Songwriter)
Kim Petras
19
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany

Kim Petras is a German singer-songwriter currently based in USA. She was assigned male at birth and underwent medical gender transition as a teenager. Interested in music from a young age, she began recording music as a teenager. Her debut single topped several viral music charts on Spotify. Since then, she has released many hit albums and singles. 

 3 
Jazz Jennings
(LGBTQ Rights Activist, Internet Personality, Spokesmodel)
Jazz Jennings
53
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 6, 2000
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Florida
 4 
Patti Harrison
(Known for her supporting role as Ruthie in the television series Shrill)
Patti Harrison
4
Birthdate: October 31, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Orient, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Zión Moreno
(She is known for her television roles in the Netflix series Control Z)
Zión Moreno
3
Birthdate: February 23, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States
 6 
Candis Cayne
(Actress)
Candis Cayne
6
Birthdate: August 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Maui, Hawaii, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Christine Jorgensen
(Actress)
Christine Jorgensen
4
Birthdate: May 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: May 3, 1989
 8 
Nyla Rose
(American Professional Wrestler)
Nyla Rose
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 9 
Caitlyn Jenner
(Media Personality, Socialite)
Caitlyn Jenner
155
Birthdate: October 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mount Kisco, New York, United States

Bruce Jenner, who changed her name to Caitlyn Jenner after coming out as a trans woman in 2015, is an American TV personality and former decathlete. Jenner won a gold medal for the USA at the 1976 Olympics. Often referred to as the most popular transgender woman in the world, Jenner serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ community.

 10 
Dana International
(Singer, Songwriter)
Dana International
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Israel
 11 
Lili Elbe
(Danish Painter)
Lili Elbe
18
Birthdate: December 28, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vejle, Denmark
Died: September 13, 1931
Danish painter Lili Elbe, a transgender woman, became one of the first to undergo a sex reassignment surgery. She passed away after a failed uterus transplant surgery. Her autobiography, Man into Woman: An Authentic Record of a Change of Sex, was released posthumously. She inspired the novel The Danish Girl.
 12 
Anohni
(Pioneering English Transgender Singer)
Anohni
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chichester, England

English singer Anohni is a talented chamber cabaret/ambient electronic musician who has gained attention both for her singing style and her androgynous looks. A transgender icon, she gained an Academy Award nomination for the track Manta Ray from Racing Extinction. She previously led the band Antony and the Johnsons.

 13 
Janae Kroc
(American Professional Powerlifter and Competitive Bodybuilder)
Janae Kroc
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sterling, Michigan, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 14 
Isis King
(Model)
Isis King
3
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: October 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 15 
Ines Rau
(Model)
Ines Rau
2
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 16 
Richard O'Brien
(British-New Zealand Musician, Composer, Actor, Writer, and Television Presenter)
Richard O'Brien
5
Birthdate: March 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 17 
Gia Gunn
(For competing on the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race)
Gia Gunn
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
 18 
Blaire White
(YouTuber)
Blaire White
15
Listed In: YouTubers
Birthdate: September 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chico, California, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 19 
La Veneno
(Singer Actress)
La Veneno
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 19, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Adra, Almería, Spain
Died: November 9, 2016
 20 
Billy Tipton
(Musician)
Billy Tipton
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 29, 1914
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Died: January 21, 1989
 21 
Joey Mead King
(Television personality)
Joey Mead King
2
Birthdate: September 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 22 
Kristin Beck
(Transgender Navy SEAL)
Kristin Beck
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: USA
 23 
Holly Woodlawn
(Puerto Rican Actor and Transgender Icon Known for Her Roles in Andy Warhol's Films)
Holly Woodlawn
4
Birthdate: October 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico
Died: December 6, 2015
 24 
iO Tillett Wright
(Photographer and Activist Well Known as the Co-host of MTV Documentary Series 'Suspect')
iO Tillett Wright
3
Birthdate: September 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

iO Tillett Wright is an American photographer, author, activist, TV and podcast host. He is credited with founding the now-defunct international street art magazine Overspray for which he served as the editor-in-chief until 2009. His podcast The Ballad Of Billy Balls was counted among the best of 2019 and was considered for television development.

 25 
Angela Ponce
(Model)
Angela Ponce
2
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: January 18, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seville, Spain
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 26 
Renée Richards
(American Former Tennis Player Known for Her Sex Reassignment Surgery)
Renée Richards
6
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: August 19, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Born Richard Raskind, a boy, Renée Richards became an LGBT icon after winning a landmark case against the US Tennis Association and acquiring the right to compete in women’s tennis events in spite of her sex-change operation. She is also a qualified ophthalmologist and has trained the likes of Martina Navratilova.

 27 
April Ashley
(Model)
April Ashley
1
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: April 29, 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Liverpool
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 28 
Jordan Raskopoulos
(Australian Comedian, Singer, and Streamer)
Jordan Raskopoulos
2
Birthdate: January 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Australian comedian, singer, and digital content creator Jordan Raskopoulos is best known as the lead vocalist of the comedy music act The Axis of Awesome. She also gained fame with The Ronnie Johns Half Hour and has hosted the podcast This is About. Openly transgender, she is also an LGBTQ icon.

 29 
Coccinelle
(Actress)
Coccinelle
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 23, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 9, 2006
 30 
Mack Beggs
(Wrestler)
Mack Beggs
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 6, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Texas, United States
 31 
Michelle Duff
(Canadian Former Motorcycle Racer)
Michelle Duff
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 13, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 32 
Sarah Joy Brown
(American actress)
Sarah Joy Brown
1
Birthdate: February 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Eureka, California, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 33 
Bülent Ersoy
(Singer, Actress)
Bülent Ersoy
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 34 
Lynn Conway
(Transgender Activist & Computer Scientist Who Initiated The Mead-Conway VLSI Chip Design Revolution)
Lynn Conway
2
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: January 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York, United States
 35 
Michael Dillon
(British Physician and the First Trans Man to Undergo Phalloplasty)
Michael Dillon
2
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: May 1, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: England
Died: May 15, 1962

Born Laura Dillon, a girl, in Britain, Michael Dillon later became the first trans man to undergo a female-to-male sex-change operation by phalloplasty. A qualified doctor, he also served as a naval surgeon, penned books such as Self: A Study in Ethics and Endocrinology, and later deviated to Buddhism.

 36 
Leyna Bloom
(First openly transgender woman of color to appear in Vogue India)
Leyna Bloom
6
Birthdate: April 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
 37 
Pepe Julian Onziema
(LGBT rights and human rights activist)
Pepe Julian Onziema
2
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Uganda
 38 
Angela Morley
(Composer)
Angela Morley
3
Birthdate: March 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leeds, England
Died: January 14, 2009
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Jennie Panhan
(Actress, Television presenter)
Jennie Panhan
0
Birthdate: October 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Songkhla, Thailand
 40 
Deirdre McCloskey
(Economist, Professor, Teacher)
Deirdre McCloskey
1
Birthdate: September 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ann Arbor
 41 
Parinya Charoenphol
(Thai Boxer, Former Muay Thai Champion, Model and Actress)
Parinya Charoenphol
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chiang Mai, Thailand
 42 
Andreas Krieger
(Shot putter)
Andreas Krieger
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: East Berlin, Germany
 43 
Alan L. Hart
(Physician)
Alan L. Hart
0
Birthdate: October 4, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Coffey County, Kansas, United States
Died: July 1, 1962
 44 
Patricio Manuel
(Boxer)
Patricio Manuel
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 45 
We'wha
(Artist)
We'wha
2
Birthdate: 1849 AD
Birthplace: New Mexico, United States
Died: 1896 AD
 46 
McNeal Briguela
(Filipino Comedian and Actress)
McNeal Briguela
1
Birthdate: March 26, 2003
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Las Piñas, Philippines
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Albert Cashier
(Soldier)
Albert Cashier
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 25, 1843
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Clogherhead, Ireland
Died: October 10, 1915
 48 
Lorena Borjas
(Activist)
Lorena Borjas
1
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Veracruz, Mexico
Died: March 30, 2020
 49 
Bibiana Fernandez
(Actress)
Bibiana Fernandez
0
Birthdate: February 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tangier, Morocco
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 50 
Daniel M. Lavery
(Author and Editor Known for Having Co-founded the Website 'The Toast')
Daniel M. Lavery
1
Birthdate: November 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: United States

Daniel Mallory Ortberg is an American author, podcast host, and editor. He is credited with co-founding a website called The Toast for which he also serves as writer and co-editor. In 2015, he was named in the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work in the media.