List of Famous Transgender People

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Detailed list of famous transgendered people, listed alphabetically, with photos. Who are some famous transgender people? You can find famous intersex, non-binary, and trans celebrities on this list whether they be transgender actresses, actors, writers, photographers, or more. There are actually many more famous people who have undergone gender reassignment than one would expect, including of course the child of Sonny & Cher, Chaz Bono (the former Chastity Bono, who was assigned female at birth and transitioned to male.) There are even transgendered movie directors, like one of the co-directors of the Matrix, Lana Wachowski. These transgender celebrities have been brave enough undergo extraordinary transformations, even while living in the public eye.

This list includes both transgender men who were assigned female at birth, and transgender women who were assigned male at birth, as well as a few intersex or non-binary celebrities. All of these folks are talented and accomplished, and many of them are pretty sexy, too!

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    Bruce Jenner is a former Olympic athlete, and star of the popular reality television series Keeping Up With the Kardashians. In 2014, following widespread speculation, Jenner revealed in an exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer that she was transgender, and wanted to be recognized as a woman.

    In 2015, Jenner announced on the cover of Vanity Fair that she wished to be called Caitlyn. Soon after the magazine cover was released, a new verified Twitter account @Caitlyn_Jenner tweeted, "I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me."

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    Tracey “Africa” Norman

    Tracey "Africa" Norman was a very successful model in the '70s and '80s, and managed to break into the world of fashion and modeling without letting anyone know that she was born male. Norman got her big break after sneaking into an interview for Italian Vogue. From there, she starred in campaigns for everyone from Avon to Clairol.

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    One half of the sibling creative team formerly known as the Wachowski brothers, Lana Wachowski created the incredibly successful Matrix franchise with her brother, Andy. They also worked together on film adaptations of V for Vendetta, Speed Racer, and Cloud Atlas.

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    Lilly Wachowski the sibling of Lana, and the other half of the film-making team behind The Matrix trilogy, V for Vendetta, and other sci-films. In March, 2016, facing a public outing by a UK tabloid, Lilly (formerly known as Andy) released a statement to Chicago LGBT website Windy City Times coming out as transgender, discussing her transition, and thanking her family for their support.

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    Ian Harvie is a transgender comedian and actor. He appeared in Transparent and Roadtrip Nation, and toured with Margaret Cho in 2006.

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    Alexis Arquette
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    Sister of David and Patricia, Alexis Arquette is an actress, musician, and cabaret performer. She has been acting since the age of 12, when she made her debut as a background character in the music video for the song "She's a Beauty" by the Tubes. She has appeared in dozens of films and TV shows as both male and female characters, including Bride of Chucky, Pulp Fiction, and The Wedding Singer. Arquette was also the subject of a 2007 documentary about her transition, titled Alexis Arquette: She's My Brother.

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    Best known for her starring role in the hit Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, Laverne Cox is a transgender actress, author, artist, and activist. She is the first transgender actress to be nominated for a Prime Time Emmy Award.

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    Kim Petras is a German pop star and electronic music artist. She has been recording and performing music since age 13.

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    Janet Mock

    Janet Mock is a former People Magazine staff editor. She is a writer and transgender activist and author of the New York Times Bestselling memoir Redefining Realness.

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    Lauren Harries
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    Lauren Harries is best remembered as a former child star who appeared memorably on a series of BBC television shows about antiques, and appeared to display a precocious knowledge of them. As an adult, she has appeared in several British reality TV shows, including Celebrity Big Brother, and Trust Me -- I'm a Beauty Therapist.

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    Chaz Bono is a writer, musician, LGBTQ advocate, and son of pop superstars Sonny and Cher. He has written two different, semi-autobiographical books about coming out, and is the subject of a documentary called Becoming Chaz.

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    Lea T is a Brazilian high fashion model. She has been modeling since 2010, and is also the spokesmodel for Redken.

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    Kelly van der Veer is a Dutch singer and television personality. She appeared on a Dutch version of the show Big Brother, called Big Brother: The Battle, and subsequently participated in another Dutch reality show specifically for transgender competitors.

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    Kate Bornstein is an author, experimental performer, actress, and LGBTQ activist. She was assigned male at birth, and now describes herself as non-binary gendered, e.g. midway between male and female. She is the author of the seminal transgender manifesto Gender Outlaw.

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    After building a successful modeling career on her androgynous appearance and ability to model both male and female fashion lines, the formerly male-identified "Andrej Pejic" announced in 2014 that she was changing her first name to Andreja, and wished to be identified as a woman. Prior to this, Pejic had stated she considered herself neither male or female, and was "living between genders."

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    Jahna Steele
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    Jahna Steele was a transgender Vegas showgirl. She was voted Sexiest Showgirl on the Strip in 1991, Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year in 1992, and Most Beautiful Showgirl in 1993. She was fired from her job after being outed as transgender by a tabloid.

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    Formerly Bradley, Chelsey Manning is a former U.S. Army intelligence analyst and well-known public whistleblower. After being dishonorably discharged and tried for espionage, she announced that she was transgender and was changing her name from Bradley to Chelsea.

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    Amanda Lepore is a fashion and photography model, actress, performance artist, and singer. She has been a regular fixture of the New York art and fashion scenes for decades, and has worked with David LaChapelle and Terry Richardson. She is one of the most recognizable transgender public figures in the world.

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    Jayne County

    Formerly Wayne County, she worked with Andy Warhol during the 1970s and went on to become one of the most influential cult figures in punk rock. She has been cited as a major influence by artists as diverse as David Bowie, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, and the Ramones.

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    Jenna Talackova

    Jenna Talackova
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    Jenna Talackova is a Canadian model and TV personality. She made headlines in 2012 when she successfully sued Canada's Miss Universe Pageant for disqualifying her from competing for being trans.

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