7 transgender celebs you should know about
If you’re a Grey’s Anatomy or ER fan, you might recognise Alexandra. While most of her acting work has been on stage, she is credited as being the first trans woman to play a transgender character on TV.
While her story is a sad one (her soldier boyfriend was murdered by his colleagues, which lead to lots of press and a formal review of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy), her advocacy work as a trans woman is amazing. Her company, Deep Stealth Productions, creates educational and entertainment materials to raise awareness about gender-identification issues and the experiences of differently-gendered people.
Andrea is Calpernia Addams’ partner at Deep Stealth and also a LGBTQ rights activist and author. She hosts the instructional program, Finding Your Female Voice and produced and performed in the first all-transgender cast of The Vagina Monologues in 2004 with Calpernia.
Known for her role as transgender mistress, Carmelita, on Dirty Sexy Money, Candis began her transition in the ‘90s. She is also a dancer and choreographer who has been featured in RuPaul’s Little Bit of Love. Although she doesn’t see herself as a “spokeswoman for the transgender community”, she does support the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
Currently serving time as Sophia Burset in Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, Laverne uses her fame to advocate for LGBTQ rights and awareness. Check out this video of her talking about experiencing street harassment as a trans woman.
Harmony became the first openly transgender actress to be nominated for a major acting award, after her role in Gun Hill Road landed her a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Independent Spirit Awards.
The actress and model co-hosted TRANSform Me, a makeover show where a female contestant is given an internal and external makeover by a team of three trans stylists (including Laverne Cox). She is part of the performance art–rock group Roma! and is currently starring in the web-series Dirty Work.