60+ Famous Transgender People
Interested in becoming more educated about the celebrity transgender community? You're in luck, as you'll find plenty of information below. Who are some famous transgender people? You can find famous intersex, nonbinary, and trans celebrities on this list, whether they be transgender actors, actresses, writers, photographers, or models.
There are actually many more famous people who have undergone gender reassignment than one might expect, including, of course, the child of Sonny & Cher, Chaz Bono.
There are also transgender movie directors, like one of the co-directors of the Matrix, Lana Wachowski. These transgender celebrities have been brave enough to undergo extraordinary transformations, even while living in the public eye. Other popular transgender celebs include Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox, and Carmen Carrera.
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 nonbinary celebrities. Read more about their lives before and after transitioning, then check out our list of the best transgender movies.
- Birthplace: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Actor Elliot Page announced via social media on December 1, 2020, that he is trans via a letter to his followers. The Umbrella Academy star wrote, "Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life. I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self. I’ve been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society."
- Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Marsha P. Johnson was possibly the most seminal and important LGBTQ activist of the early gay rights era. She was an organizer, community advocate, and stage performer. A documentary about her life called Pay It No Mind was released in 2012.
- Birthplace: Elmwood Park, New Jersey, USA
Carrera is a burlesque and drag performer who has has appeared on RuPaul's Drag Race, and subsequently criticized RuPaul for his frequent transphobic comments. Though she presented as male when she appeared on the show, Carrera has since announced that she is in fact a transgender woman. She has also appeared in several other reality series (Cake Boss, Real Housewives of New York City) and is petitioning to be accepted as the first transgender model for Victoria's Secret.
- Birthplace: USA, Cedar Grove, New Jersey
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.
- Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States of America
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.
- Birthplace: Maui, Hawaii, USA
Candis Cayne is notable for being the first transgender actress to play a recurring transgender role on television, as Carmelita on ABC's Dirty Sexy Money. She is also a performance artist and choreographer, and was a drag performer for many years before completing her transition and beginning to live full-time as a woman.