- 1Bruce 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."
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.
Alexis passed away on September 11, 2016, at the age of 47. She was surrounded by family, who sang David Bowie's "Star Man" to her as she passed. No cause of death was announced, though it's rumored she was suffering from a disease. A transgender pioneer and activist, Alexis was memorialized in a lengthy Facebook post by her brother Richmond, who wrote:
She fiercely lived her reality in a world where it is dangerous to be a trans person - a world largely unready to accept differences among human beings, and where there is still the ugliness of violence and hostility towards people that we may not understand... where she was going, there was only one gender.
Laura Jane Grace, frontwoman and songwriter for Floridian punk rock band Against Me!, came out as transgender in Rolling Stone in 2012. Since then, Grace has become a trans activist and icon. Against Me's 2014 album Transgender Dysphoria Blues addresses a number of facets of trans life, as did Grace's Emmy-nominated webseries, True Trans. In 2016, she released the memoir Tranny and, in act of defiance against new anti-trans laws, burned her birth certificate onstage at a show in North Carolina.
Jamie Clayton is an actress and model. Her big break came on Netflix original series Sense8. She also appeared in a recurring role on Hung, voiced a character on Bojack Horseman, and was in Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn's haute couture horror parable Neon Demon.
On her role as a trans character in Sense8, Clayton said, "Playing a trans-character on a show being shepherded by Lana Wachowski, I knew I would be protected and represented in a way that trans people have never been represented before on TV."
- 5One 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.
- 6Best 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.
- 7Lilly 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.
- 8Formerly 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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