10 Transgender Celebs Whose Success Have Inspired Us All


For the past few decades, transgender celebrities have proven their talents and passions in Hollywood. Some trans celebrities have also broken barriers to social norms and manners toward queerness. They use their successful profiles to encourage young queer people all over the world.

Thanks to those trans celebrities, our society is more and more sympathetic to the transgender community. These celebrities, who have also faced many hardships and obstacles in life, are paving the way for more queer and trans people to follow. It’s such a long journey to get people’s recognition. And we should honor the trans celebrities who are working so hard to break the gender barriers all around the world.

Below are 10 celebrities who are increasing the community’s credit in the media.

#1 Candis Cayne

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Candis became the first transgender woman with a protagonist in a TV show thanks to the role of Carmelita on Dirty Sexy Money.

#2 Jenna Talackova

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Jenna Talackova has brilliantly lobbied to change the Miss Universe eligibility rules. She called the organizer on discrimination that ended the restriction of transgender people taking part in this contest.

#3 Michaela Jaé Rodriguez

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Michaele started her career in 2011 and starred in numerous movies such as the series Pose and Tick, Tick,…Boom. She made history by becoming the first transgender actress to gain a Golden Globe Award.

#4 Sophie Xeon

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Sophie Xeon was an icon whose trans identity and talents as a singer, songwriter, and record producer gave fans confidence and inspiration. She collaborated with worldwide celebrities like Maradona, Rihana, and so on.

#5 Laverne Cox

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Laverne Cox became one of the main cast members of the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black in 2013. Thanks to this role, she got nominated for an Emmy, which made history as the first trans person to gain that.

#6 Lilly and Lana Wachowski

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The Wachowski sisters were famous for coming out as transgender. They made it big in Hollywood with the movie The Matrix which won over 40 awards and became one of the most famous movies in recent decades. They added that The Matrix which was a “trans metaphor” in 1999, was also the “desire for transformation” for the trans community at that time.

#7 Nikkie de Jager

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Nikkie de Jager was well-known for her Youtube channel name NikkiTutorials which now has 14M subscribers. She has inspired people by embracing both natural beauty and make-up beauty.

#8 Elliot Page

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Elliot Page came out as a transgender man in 2020. His best-known role as Juno MacGuff from the 2007 Juno helps him appear on the cover of Time Magazine as the first trans man. But he first gain recognition with his role in the TV franchise Pit Pony (1997-2000) which was nominated for a Young Artist Award.

#9 Brian Michael Smith

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Brian Michael Smith came out as trans in 2017 and immediately got an opportunity to portray a trans character on the TV series, Queen Sugar. So he became the first transgender black man to take a role in the TV shows.

#10 Chella Man

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Chella came to the public eyes in 2019 by playing mute superhero Jericho in the DC Universe series Titans. He is also known for sharing his experiences as a trans, deaf, and genderqueer.