List of Famous Transgender People

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Interested in a detailed list of famous transgender people? You're in luck, as you'll find plenty listed 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 black Hollywood stars. 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. There are even transgendered 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. All of these folks are talented and accomplished, and many of them are pretty sexy, too! Read more about their lives before and after transitioning, then checkout our list of the best transgender movies.

Caitlyn Jenner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Transgender People

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."

Caitlyn Marie Jenner (born William Bruce Jenner; October 28, 1949) is an American television personality and retired Olympic gold medal–winning decathlete. Jenner was a college football player ...more
Carmen Carrera is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Transgender People

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.

Carmen Carrera is an American reality television personality, model, burlesque performer, and actress, known for appearing on the third season of the Logo reality television series RuPaul's Drag ...more
Amanda Lepore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Transgender People
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.
Amanda Lepore is an American model, socialite, singer and performance artist. Born Armand Lepore, she is one of the most notable transgender public figures. She has appeared in advertising for ...more
Laverne Cox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Transgender People
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.
Laverne Cox is an American actress, reality television star, television producer, and LGBT advocate, best known for her portrayal of Sophia Burset on the Netflix television series Orange Is the ...more
Candis Cayne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Transgender People
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.
Candis Cayne is an American actress and performance artist. Known in the New York City nightclub scene since the 1990s, Cayne came to national attention in 2007 for portraying transgender ...more
Chaz Bono is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Transgender People
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.
Chaz Salvatore Bono is an American advocate, writer and musician. He is the only child of American entertainers Sonny and Cher. Bono is a transgender man. In 1995, several years after being ...more
Alexis Arquette is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Transgender People

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."

Alexis Arquette is an American actress, musician, and cabaret performer.
Andrej Pejić is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Transgender People

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."

Andreja Pejić is an Australian model. Pejić is a transgender woman, who until 2014 was billed as an "androgynous" male model, self-described as living "in between genders".
Caroline Cossey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Transgender People
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.
Caroline "Tula" Cossey is an English model. She is one of the world's most well known trans women, having appeared in a James Bond film and been the first to pose for Playboy. Since ...more
Isis King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Transgender People
Isis King is a fashion designer and model. She was the first transgender model to compete in America's Next Top Model.
Isis King is an American fashion model and a fashion designer. She was a contestant on both the eleventh cycle and the seventeenth cycle of the reality television show America's Next Top Model. ...more
Marsha P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Transgender People
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.
Marsha P. Johnson was a Black American drag queen and Gay liberation activist. A veteran of the Stonewall riots, Johnson was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and was a popular figure in New York ...more
Wendy Carlos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Transgender People
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.
Wendy Carlos is an American composer and electronic musician. Carlos first came to prominence in 1968 with Switched-On Bach, a recording of music by J.S. Bach assembled phrase-by-phrase on a ...more
Kate Bornstein is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Transgender People

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

Katherine Vandam "Kate" Bornstein is an American author, playwright, performance artist, and gender theorist. Having been designated male at birth and then receiving sex reassignment ...more
Lana Wachowski is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Transgender People
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.
Larry Wachowski, who is also now known as Lana Wachowski, is half of the Wachowski Brothers.  Larry and her brother Andy have written, produced, and directed the Matrix series of films, as ...more
Candy Darling is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Transgender People

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.

Candy Darling was an American actress, best known as a Warhol Superstar. A trans woman, she starred in Andy Warhol's films Flesh and Women in Revolt, and was a muse of the protopunk band The ...more
Kelly van der Veer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Transgender People
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.
Kelly van der Veer is a Dutch television personality and singer. She is a trans woman, and is regarded the most prominent transsexual person in the Netherlands who rose to fame after competing ...more
April Ashley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Transgender People
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.
April Ashley, MBE is an English model and restaurant hostess. She was outed as transsexual by the Sunday People in 1961 and is one of the earliest British people known to have had sex ...more
Holly Woodlawn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Transgender People
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.
Holly Woodlawn is a transgender Puerto Rican actress and former Warhol superstar, who appeared in his movies Trash and Women in Revolt.
Kim Petras is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Transgender People
Kim Petras is a German pop star and electronic music artist. She has been recording and performing music since age 13.
Kim Petras is a German singer/songwriter who creates electronic dance pop music and various covers in an a cappella style. She has been the subject of extensive worldwide news media reporting of ...more
Fay Presto is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Transgender People
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.
Fay Presto is a British trans woman who is known as a magician and a member of The Inner Magic Circle. In 2001, Fay Presto played herself in ITV's Emmerdale. In 1998 she was voted ‘Party ...more
Andreas Krieger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Transgender People

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.

Andreas Krieger is a German former shot putter, who competed on the women's East German athletics team at SC Dynamo Berlin. Like many prominent East German athletes at the time, he was ...more
Jake Zyrus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Transgender People
Jake Zyrus (born Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco; May 10, 1992), who performed under the mononym Charice until his gender transition to male, is a Filipino singer who rose to popularity ...more
Lea T is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Transgender People
Lea T is a Brazilian high fashion model. She has been modeling since 2010, and is also the spokesmodel for Redken.
Lea Cerezo, known professionally as Lea T, is a Brazil-born, Italy-raised transgender fashion model. She is Riccardo Tisci's muse; her professional last name of "T" stands for Tisci. ...more
Balian Buschbaum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Transgender People
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.
Christine Jorgensen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Transgender People
Christine Jorgenson is remembered as the first widely-recognized individual to undergo gender reassignment therapy. She was a World War II Veteran who, prior to serving, traveled to Denmark to undergo a series of experimental surgeries at a time when gender transitioning was virtually unknown. Jorgensen's transition made her a media superstar overnight, and she was featured in several magazines and television programs.
Christine Jorgensen was an American trans woman who was the first person to become widely known in the United States for having sex reassignment surgery. Jorgensen grew up in the Bronx, New York ...more