10 Awesome Transgender Girls Women You Need To Know About

It’s LGBTQ Pride Month! Unfortunately, the “T” for transgender seems to be left out of important discussions about LGBTQ rights and representation. Most people with the bare minimum of human decency are going to claim to support LGBTQ rights, but what are the chances of them actually knowing about transgender issues? Pretty slim.

We live in a world where transgender women–particularly transgender women of color–are at a disproportionately high risk of violence. We’re still praising cisgender (AKA, people whose gender identity matches their sex at birth) men for playing transgender women in acting roles–like Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club or Andrew Garfield in the Arcade Fire music video for “We Exist”–instead of hiring transgender people to play transgender roles. People still casually say “tranny” as if it isn’t ridiculously offensive. I could go on, but you get the picture. Basically, most of us suck when it comes to acknowledging the struggles of the transgender community, and we need to get our acts together.

That’s why it’s so important that we take the time to acknowledge transgender individuals who are challenging the status quo and inspiring folks inside (and even outside) of the LGBTQ community. Since we’re all about girl power here at Gurl, we’re going to praise 10 awesome transgender girls and women, from actresses and models to activists and authors.

Who are some other awesome transgender women more people should know about? Transgender men? Fictional characters? Let us know in the comments!

 

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  • Fox ????????

    I am not a member of the LGBTQ community but is it wrong or me to find transgender women just as beautiful as any other woman?

  • JenniferK

    Hey these are all wonderful girls and women who deserve the same treatment, respect and opportunity as any other girl or woman. I think it’s wonderful to be who you are and to share your unique story if that’s what you want to do. There is more than one path to girlhood and womanhood. If society weren’t so misogynistic we would all embrace anyone’s personal celebration of femininity or femaleness—be they tomboys, boys with a strong feminine side, women who have hid their femininity for years, or girls who were born with male bodies and have decided to live as women and change their bodies to female so they can live full lives!

  • Alicia

    Amiyah Scott should’ve been up there too.

  • Elle

    All these girls and women are such an inspiration to me, especially Coy Mathis. She is absoulutely ADORABLE and she is amazing just for fighting for her rights…at such a young age! Did I mention that she is just so cute?

  • Macy

    Eww, I don’t care what you guys say, being apart of the LGBTQ is disgusting. Period.

    • There’s absolutely nothing disgusting about it.

      • marie

        I totally agree with Ashley! You can love whoever you want, and you can do whatever you want. Why is that disgusting? Do you even believe in love? Yes, people are used to seeing a woman love a man and a man love a woman but that doesn’t mean that a woman can’t love a woman and man can’t love a woman. As for the transgender part, we don’t always get what we want. A person born a boy might not want to be a boy. That’s why they have the option of changing. If you think that’s disgusting, then I am sorry for you. Besides, it isn’t your life, so don’t worry about it.

  • Alice

    Where’s Conchita Wurst?

    • Female pronouns are only used as Conchita Wurst. The man behind the persona, however, describes himself using male pronouns.