Culture
2.0m readers

60+ Famous Transgender People

Updated November 10, 2020 2.0m views68 items

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.

Photo:
...more
  • Caitlyn Jenner

    Caitlyn Jenner

    1949-10-28

    BirthplaceMount Kisco, New York, United States of America

    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."

    (Source)

    More Caitlyn Jenner 

    What Every Single Member Of The Kardashian Family Thinks Of Caitlyn Jenner These Days#8 of 66 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

  • Marsha P. Johnson

    BirthplaceElizabeth, 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.

    (Source)

  • Carmen Carrera

    Carmen Carrera

    1985-04-13

    BirthplaceElmwood Park, New Jersey, United States of America

    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.

    (Source)

    More Carmen Carrera 

    #20 of 25 Times Actors Gave Unexpectedly Honest Answers To Interview Questions#9 of 20 The Greatest Trans, Bear, And Straight Drag Queens

  • Amanda Lepore

    Amanda Lepore

    1967-12-05

    BirthplaceCedar Grove, New Jersey, United States of America

    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.

    (Source)

  • Laverne Cox

    Laverne Cox

    1984-05-29

    BirthplaceMobile, 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.

    (Source)

    More Laverne Cox 

    #2016 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#3 of 27 Every LGBTQ+ Black Celebrity In Hollywood

  • Candis Cayne

    Candis Cayne

    1971-01-01

    BirthplaceMaui, 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.

    (Source)

  • Chaz Bono

    Chaz Bono

    1969-03-04

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    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.

    (Source)

    More 

    #18 of 92 Famous Only Children#9 of 15 15 Celebrities Who Were Outed

  • Alexis Arquette

    Alexis Arquette

    1969-07-28

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, USA, California

    Sister of David and Patricia, Alexis Arquette was an actress, musician, and cabaret performer. She started acting at 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 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."

    (Source 1, 2)

    More Alexis Arquette 

    #1521 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History#19 of 30 Celebrities Who Died in 2016

  • Andreja Pejić

    Andreja Pejić

    1991-08-28

    BirthplaceTuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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

    (Source)

    More Andrej Pejić 

    #14 of 40 People You Can't Believe Got Onstage for the 1989 Tour#13 of 17 The Greatest LGBTQ Icons In Fashion

  • Caroline Cossey

    Caroline Cossey

    1954-08-31

    BirthplaceBrooke, England

    Caroline Cossey is an English model and actress, and is one of the best-known transgender celebrities of all time. She appeared in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only, and was the first transgender woman to model for Playboy. In 1982, she published an autobiography titled I Am a Woman.

    (Source)

  • Isis King

    Isis King

    1985-10-01

    BirthplaceMaryland, United States of America

    Isis King is a fashion designer and model. She was the first transgender model to compete in America's Next Top Model.

    (Source)

  • Janet Mock

    Janet Mock

    1984-03-09

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii

    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.

    (Source)

  • Wendy Carlos

    Wendy Carlos

    1939-11-14

    BirthplacePawtucket, Rhode Island

    Wendy Carlos is one of the most important and influential electronic music artists in history. She is best remembered as the composer of the iconic films scores for Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and The Shining, and for Disney's Tron.

    (Source)

    More Wendy Carlos 

    #31 of 75 The Best Musical Artists From Rhode Island#30 of 305 The Best Electronic Bands & Artists

  • Kate Bornstein

    Kate Bornstein

    1948-03-15

    BirthplaceNeptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

    Kate Bornstein is an author, experimental performer, actress, and LGBTQ activist. Bornstein was assigned male at birth, and now describes themself as nonbinary (meaning that their gender identity falls outside of the male/female binary). Bornstein is the author of the seminal transgender manifesto Gender Outlaw.

    (Source)

  • Lana Wachowski

    Lana Wachowski

    1965-06-21

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    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.

    (Source)

  • Candy Darling

    Candy Darling

    1944-11-24

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, Forest Hills, New York

    Candy Darling was one of the most influential pop artists and filmmakers in Andy Warhol's repertory performers, appearing in Warhol's films Flesh and Women In Revolt. Darling passed away in 1974 at the age of 29, and in 2010 was the subject of a feature-length documentary, Beautiful Darling.

    (Source)

    More Candy Darling 

    #171 of 179 The Best Bands That Are Named After Foods#5 of 23 23 Famous Transgender Models That Are Beyond Beautiful

  • Kelly van der Veer

    BirthplaceHilversum, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    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.

    (Source)

    More Kelly van der Veer 

    #40 of 98 The Best Children's Artists/Bands#15 of 46 Hottest Dutch Models

  • April Ashley

    April Ashley

    1935-04-29

    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom

    April Ashley is a former model and film actress who had sex reassignment surgery in 1960, and was subsequently outed by a British tabloid. She was one of the first known people in Britain to undergo surgical transition.

    (Source)

  • Holly Woodlawn

    Holly Woodlawn

    1946-10-26

    BirthplaceJuana Díaz, Puerto Rico

    One of Andy Warhol's "Superstar" performers, Holly Woodlawn is an actress and public figure. She starred in Warhol's Trash and Women In Revolt, and has gone on to appear in many films and television shows.

    (Source)

  • Kim Petras

    Kim Petras

    1992-08-27

    BirthplaceCologne, Germany

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

    (Source)

    More Kim Petras 

    #87 of 96 The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked#58 of 145 The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians

  • Fay Presto

    Fay Presto

    1948-05-17

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    Fay Presto is a British celebrity magician and member of The Inner Magic Circle. She has been performing live and appearing on television since the 1980s.

    (Source)

  • Andreas Krieger

    Andreas Krieger

    1966-07-20

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Andreas Krieger is a former German shot putter who once competed on the Women's East German Athletics Team. He was involved in a scandal when it was revealed he had been unwittingly dosed with anabolic steroids. Krieger later completed a course of hormone therapy and transitioned to male, indicating that he had felt a longing to be identified as male long before the accidental hormone exposure, although he resented not having more control in his own transition process.

    (Source)

    More Andreas Krieger 

    #98 of 205 College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay#4 of 22 22 Famous Transgender Athletes You Should Know

  • Jake Zyrus

    Jake Zyrus

    1992-05-10

    BirthplaceCabuyao, Philippines

    Jake Zyrus is a Filipino singer and television personality. Since his transition, his soprano voice has become an "increasingly confident tenor". 

    (Source)

    More Jake Zyrus 

    #102 of 198 The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years#129 of 255 The Best Ballad Bands/Artists

  • Lea T

    Lea T

    1981-01-01

    BirthplaceBelo Horizonte, Brazil

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

    (Source)

  • Balian Buschbaum

    Balian Buschbaum is a former German pole-vaulting champion. He competed during the early 2000s under the name Yvonne, but announced his retirement in 2007, partly due to his wish to begin undergoing hormone therapy, and undergo surgical transition to become fully recognized as male.

    (Source)