5 Transgender Celebrities Who are Slaying the Game
Thursday, 16 April 2020

 There are more transgender celebrities than you'd think. Learn about five who aren't letting their past hurt them and are slaying the game, here.

 Christine Jorgensen was one of the first documented American women to have gender confirmation surgery in the 1950s.

Since then transgender celebrities have bravely shared their lives to work towards a world of acceptance and equal rights.

These celebrities are slaying the game in the career world but also as inspirational figures among the LGBTQI community. 

5 Inspiring Transgender Celebrities 

1. AndrejaPejic

AndrejaPejic was born in Tuzla during the Bosnian war. Her family eventually moved to Melbourne in 2000 after fleeing to a Serbian refugee camp. 

The transgender model was discovered while working at Mcdonald's and began to model men's and women's clothing. She modeled for Jean-Paul Gaultier and Marc Jacobs in Paris in 2011 and at Berlin's Stylenite fashion show for Michalsky.

In 2013 Pejic underwent gender confirmation surgery and went on to raise over $40,000 via a Kickstarter campaign to make a documentary about the surgery and her life.

Pejic was the first model to be featured in the fashion and lifestyle magazine Vogue in May 2015. She has since worked with several celebrities including David Bowie and Taylor Swift.

2. The Wachowski Sisters

Lana and Lilly Wachowski are mostly known for writing and directing the sci-fi blockbuster The Matrix. Their other major successes include V for Vendetta, Cloud Atlas and the Netflix series Sense8. 

Business partners and entrepreneurs from a young age, the sisters both dropped out of college and started a house painting business in Chicago. Before their success with The Matrix, the Wachowski's wrote film scripts for Marvel Comics and Warner Brothers before deciding to become producers.

Lana was the first to transition to a woman in 2008 followed by Lilly coming out as transgender in 2016.

3. Renée Richards

Renée Richards became the first professional transgender sportswoman after undergoing gender confirmation surgery in 1975.

After she won a tennis tournament in California under the alias Renee Clark, the USTA announced that Richards would not be allowed to compete in the women field unless she passed a chromosome screening test. 

In 1977 Richards sued for her right to compete in women tennis and won. 

Richards is also an ophthalmologist and says that her biggest achievement is that she has worked on over twenty thousand children's eyes.

4. CandisCayne

CandisCayne became famous for her role as Carmelita Rainer in the TV series Dirty Sexy Money. She was the first trans woman to be given a major, reoccurring role on prime-time TV.

Originally from Hawaii, Cayne eventually landed in New York in hopes that she would be more accepted in the entertainment industry there. Her career took off after she took a scholarship with the Steps On Broadway dance center.

Cayne's role in Dirty Sexy Money made her an icon and inspirational figure in the trans community. In 2015 she won the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award.

5. Jazz Jennings

Jazz Jennings is an American YouTube personality and LGBTQI activist. Jennings stars in her reality TV series titled I Am Jazz. The show features Jennings and her family with a focus on life as a transgender teen.

Jennings began her gender confirmation surgeries in 2018 at the age of 17. She has over a million fans online that she shares her highs and lows with. 

In The World Today

The transgender community has fought hard for acceptance throughout history. These transgender celebrities have used their position of influence to support their community.

Today there is more acceptance and less judgment towards trans people in most countries around the world, though there are still countries that criminalize LGBTQI people. 

Learning about the lives of other people is the best way to break down prejudice and create equality. Check out the rest of our blog for more inspiring stories like these.
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