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.
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
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 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 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 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 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
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:
Alexis Arquette is an American actress, musician, and cabaret performer.
"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."
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 "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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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, 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 a transgender Puerto Rican actress and former Warhol superstar, who appeared in his movies Trash and Women in Revolt.
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 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 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
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
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