1. Trevi Moran
Trevi Michael Moran (born Trevor Michael Moran; September 30, 1998) is an American recording artist, singer and YouTube personality. She rose to fame after participating in The X Factor in 2012 at the age of 13. On October 9, 2015, Moran publicly came out as gay in a YouTube video. In December 2017, she announced that, during the year, she underwent what she called an "identity crisis" and questioned whether she may be transgender before concluding at the time that she wasn't. On June 6, 2020, Moran came out as transgender; she had begun the process of medically transitioning two months prior.
2. Kim Petras
Kim Petras (born 27 August 1992) is a German singer and songwriter currently based in Los Angeles. Since 2016, Petras has been releasing music as an independent artist under her own imprint, BunHead Records.
At age 14, Petras appeared in a documentary and a talk show, in a push to get permission for early gender confirmation surgery at age 16. These appearances resulted in international media coverage of her transition, touting her as the "world's youngest transsexual". In September 2007, she was a model for a German chain of hair salons. Petras announced in November 2008 that she had completed her gender confirmation surgery at 16 years old.
3. Nikkie De Jager
Nikkie de Jager, born 2 March 1994), better known by her YouTube channel name NikkieTutorials, is a Dutch makeup artist and beauty vlogger. She gained online popularity in 2015 after her YouTube video "The Power of Makeup" . On 13 January 2020, De Jager uploaded a video to her YouTube channel, titled "I'm Coming Out", in which she revealed that she is transgender and that she had been blackmailed by someone who threatened to make her sex, as observed at birth, public. She underwent her transition in her childhood and teens. She is engaged; her fiancé, Dylan, proposed to her in August 2019, while the two were on holiday in Italy.
4. Isis King
Isis King (born October 1, 1985) is an American model, actress, and fashion designer. she was the first trans woman to compete on the show, and became one of the most visible transgender people on television. King was assigned male at birth but has stated that "mentally and everything else" she was "born female." She has stated that people might refer to her as "transgender" or "transsexual", but she prefers the phrase "born in the wrong body". King began hormone replacement therapy in the summer of 2007, as part of her transitioning process. She had gender confirming surgery in 2009.
5. Jazz Jennings
Jazz Jennings (born October 6, 2000) is an American YouTube personality, spokesmodel, television personality, and LGBT rights activist. Jennings is notable for being one of the youngest publicly documented people to be identified as transgender. In 2012, Jennings discussed her sexual orientation with Barbara Walters during her 20/20 interview, saying she is romantically attracted to boys and that she harbored some apprehension about dating because of her transgender identity. In a Q&A video posted to her YouTube channel in July 2014, Jennings stated that she is pansexual, and that she loves people "for their personality", regardless of their sexual orientation or gender status. In 2013, Jennings publicly discussed her wish of becoming a mother in the future.
6. Lea T
Leandra Medeiros Cerezo, known professionally as Lea T (born 19 February 1981), is a Brazilian-born, Italian-raised transgender fashion model. In a January 2011 interview, T stated her intention to undergo sex reassignment surgery. The surgery occurred in March 2012, in Thailand. In an interview to Fantástico, in January 2013, she described the surgery in a negative way but two weeks later she said that she "[felt] satisfied with the results". T has stated that she considers herself to be bisexual.
7. Hunter Schafer
Hunter Schafer (born December 31, 1998) is an American fashion model, actress, and LGBTQ rights activist. In 2019, she made her acting debut portraying Jules in the HBO series Euphoria. Schafer is a trans woman, stating, "I do like people to know that I'm not a cis girl because that's not something that I am or feel like I am. I'm proud to be a trans person." In regards to her sexuality, Schafer has said that she is closer to what people might call a lesbian.
8. Ines Rau
Ines-Loan Rau (born 1990) is a French model. She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for November 2017, and the first openly transgender Playmate. Rau was born in Paris and is of Algerian descent. Assigned as male at birth, Rau transitioned and underwent sex reassignment surgery at the age of 16, after being inspired by the life story of English trans model Caroline "Tula" Cossey. Afterwards, she lived as a woman but did not divulge her transgender identity until she was 24.
9. Carmen Carrera
Carmen Carrera (born April 13, 1985) 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 Race, as well as its spin-off series RuPaul's Drag U. Carrera is a transgender woman and a transgender rights activist. Carrera was in a domestic partnership with Adrian Torres from 2009, but she announced in 2013 that they had separated. Carrera had identified as a gay man, and continued to present as such during filming of the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race, but began her gender transition when she concluded filming.
10. Hari Nef
Hari Nef (born October 21, 1992) is an American actress, model, and writer. Nef's breakthrough role was Gittel in the Amazon original series Transparent, for which she was nominated for a SAG award in 2016. She made her runway debut at New York Fashion Week Spring 2015, walking for both Hood By Air and Eckhaus Latta, and subsequently became the first openly transgender woman signed to IMG Models. She became the first openly transgender woman to appear on the cover of a major British magazine. Nef has written on a breadth of topics from fine art and film to sex, gender, and trans identity. She lives and works in New York City.
11. Candis Cayne
Candis Cayne (born August 29, 1971) is an American actress and performance artist. Cayne performed in New York City nightclubs in drag since the 1990s, and came out as transgender in 1996; Cayne came to national attention in 2007 for portraying transgender mistress Carmelita on ABC's prime time drama Dirty Sexy Money. The role makes Cayne the first transgender actress to play a recurring transgender character in primetime.
Cayne began transitioning circa 1996. Cayne has stated, "I'm not trying to be a spokeswoman for the transgender community; I just want to be looked at as a living, breathing, happy human being."
12. Jenna Talackova
Jenna Talackova (born October 15, 1988) is a Canadian model and television personality, who gained media attention in 2012 when she successfully waged a legal battle to be allowed to compete in the Miss Universe Canada after being initially disqualified for being transgender. She experienced gender dysphoria beginning in early childhood, and began her gender transition at age 14, while attending Vancouver's Killarney Secondary School, before completing her sex reassignment surgery at 19. She initially took the name "Page" when she began transitioning, before changing it again to Jenna.
13. Valentina Sampaio
Valentina Sampaio (born 10 December 1996) is a Brazilian model and actress. She became Victoria's Secret's first openly transgender model in August 2019, and became the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue's first openly transgender model in 2020. In 2020, Sampaio became the first transgender model to appear in Sports Illustrated. She is an advocate for transgender equality and awareness; she has fought against her home country's discrimination of transgender people.
14. Trace Lysette
Trace Lysette, Actress: Hustlers. Trace Lysette is an actress and producer, known for Hustlers (2019), Transparent (2014) and Colors of Ava. After working in non-transgender roles, Lysette came out publicly as trans through her role as Shea on the Amazon series Transparent. The third season of Transparent contains a storyline in which Shea has a romantic relationship with a cisgender heterosexual man, which has been called "a groundbreaking TV moment for a trans character."
15. Nicole Maines
Nicole Amber Maines (born October 7, 1997) is an American actress and transgender rights activist. Prior to her acting career, she was the anonymous plaintiff in the Maine Supreme Judicial Court case Doe v. Regional School Unit 26, where she argued her school district could not deny her access to the female bathroom for being transgender. The court ruled in 2014 that barring transgender students from the school bathroom consistent with their gender identity is unlawful, the first such ruling by a state court. In 2018, Maines opened up to PEOPLE about when she realized her authentic gender identity.
16. Dominique Jackson
Dominique Brebner (born 1964/1965), known professionally as Dominique Jackson and Tyra Allure Ross. At 15 years old she moved out to Baltimore with her mother. During that time she came in contact with the trans community for the first time. Jackson was previously married to Al Jackson. They married at a courthouse after dating for about 18 years, and held their wedding ceremony during an episode of Strut.She obtained her green card in 2015, and also had her gender confirmation surgery the same year.
17. Gigi Gorgeous
Gigi Loren Lazzarato Getty (born Gregory Allan Lazzarato; April 20, 1992), known professionally as Gigi Gorgeous Getty, is a Canadian YouTuber, socialite, actress, and model. The social media star, 28, revealed that she's pansexual on Friday, as she came out "for the fourth time" in video posted to her YouTube account. "I came out as gay before I transitioned. I came out as transgender and then I came out as gay again," she explained in the video. "Honestly, those are some of, if not my best, favorite memories.
18. Indya Moore
Indya Adrianna Moore (born January 17, 1995) is an American actor and model. MOORE: I feel like that about fashion. I feel like that about us having the autonomy to express ourselves. I'm non-binary but I don't really talk about it that much. I don't feel like people really are there yet for understanding it, which I don't mind, but I also acknowledge the way people see me as a woman. And because I'm seen as a woman, a cis woman or binary presenting, people are going to hold me up to those same standards that women are held up to.
19. Laverne Cox
Laverne Cox (born May 29, 1972) is an American actress and LGBTQ+ advocate. Cox was on the cover of the June 9, 2014, issue of Time and was interviewed for the article "The Transgender Tipping Point" by Katy Steinmetz, which ran in that issue and the title of which was also featured on the cover; this makes Cox the first transgender person on the cover of Time.
20. Nikita Dragun
Nikita Dragun (born January 31, 1996) is an American YouTuber, make-up artist, and model. Nikita Dragun was born in Belgium and attended high school in Virginia. She is of Vietnamese and Mexican descent, and came out as a trans woman when she entered college. In several of Dragun's YouTube videos, she has spoken openly about her transition. When in college, Dragun reported getting a fake ID with the name Nicole, and was recognized as female.