15 Transgender Stars Who Had Success By Taking Pride In Their Identities
We understand that accepting one's identity is a lifelong process, and we are thankful for the inspiration these celebrities provide. Scroll down and see the 15 transgender stars who had success by taking pride in their identities.
1. MJ Rodriguez
Source: Getty ImagesWhen MJ Rodriguez came to terms with her gender identity, she was already a successful performer; in fact, it was a role that aided in her realization. Since making the shift, she has achieved great success, particularly because to her role as Blanca on FX's Pose. The first trans actor to win a Golden Globe and the first trans actor to be nominated for a leading actor Emmy with a lead drama actress nomination, MJ also had the opportunity to create history.
2. Elliot Page
Source: Getty ImagesElliot Page began acting in movies when he was young, but he had identity issues for a long time. He came out as transgender in 2020, posting a message on Instagram expressing his "delight" at reaching this point and "thanks" for the support he has received.
It was stated that Elliot's character would shift in season 3 of the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy. This may be the first occasion when an actor's true transformation is depicted in their on-screen performance. In many areas of his life, he claimed that coming out had improved him.
3. Laverne Cox
Source: Getty ImagesLaverne Cox's acting debut in Orange is the New Black in 2013. Since then, she has acted in several TV series. She became the first trans person to be nominated for an Emmy in any acting category when she was nominated for her work on Orange Is the New Black.
"None of this has ever been about me," she remarked. I've been quite upfront that my path has been more than just me from the start. A part of her is "just extremely thrilled that I got to be the first in a lot of respects, but that I'm not the last," she continued. She paved the path for a lot of others to come after.
4. Hunter Schafer
Source: Getty ImagesHunter Schafer, who is still young but has already achieved enormous success, began his career as a model before landing the role of Jules in the HBO series Euphoria. She remarked that it was comforting to play a nuanced character that wasn't only coping with their gender as a trans woman. Hunter made her character's experiences as authentic as she could by collaborating with the show's creator.
It's "very thrilling to me, because that tale will be available," said Hunter. She valued having representation when she was a teen when it came to others who shared her experiences online, and now she gets to provide that for the next generation.
5. Sam Smith
Source: Getty ImagesSam Smith, a singer, revealed in 2019 that they had always felt like they were going through a battle in their bodies and minds and that realizing they were non-binary came from listening to talks about it. With over 33 million albums sold worldwide and awards including 4 Grammys, 3 Brit Awards, an Oscar, and a Golden Globe, Smith is proof that no matter who you are, if you stay true to yourself, you can do anything.
6. Yasmin Finney
Source: Getty ImagesYasmin Finney gained notoriety this year because to her portrayal of Elle in the well-liked Netflix series Heartstopper. It's really lovely to witness a trans tale on television that's normalized, Yasmin says of her persona. On TikTok, Finney started sharing her stories of growing up as a transgender woman in Manchester, UK. Her videos have amassed millions of views and thousands of followers. She attributes this with making her realize there was a place for her in the entertainment world.
7. Jamie Clayton
Source: Getty ImagesJamie Clayton made a breakthrough performance in the science fiction series Sense8 as Nomi, one of 8 characters who unexpectedly develop mental connections. Since then, she has featured in several more programs, such as The L Word: Generation Q, in which she portrays a woman who is not transgender, marking a significant advancement for the actor.
8. Kim Petras
Source: Getty ImagesKim Petras, who arrived to Los Angeles with just a dream and $550, had longed to be a pop sensation since she was a young girl in Germany. She gained notoriety in 2017 after the music video for her debut song, which even included Paris Hilton, peaked at number one on Spotify's Global Viral Top 50. Petras, however, quickly clarifies that she wasn't found: "I discovered myself." As the first openly transgender singer to sing at the VMAs and the MTV Europe Music Awards, she is now breaking all kinds of milestones.
9. Janet Mock
Source: Getty ImagesWriter Janet Mock is accustomed to creating history with her achievements by this point. When she was recruited as a writer for the TV show Pose, she made history as the first transgender woman of color ever. She then became a trailblazer once more when she agreed to a three-year contract with Netflix, becoming the first black transgender woman to secure a general agreement with a major studio.
10. Indya Moore
Source: Getty ImagesAs a transgender and non-binary actor and model, Indya Moore's experiences growing up with her identity had an impact on the narratives of her character, Angel, in the FX series Pose. As the first transgender model to ever grace the cover of Elle, Indya made history.
11. Asia Kate Dillon
Source: Getty ImagesAsia In the popular television series Billions, Kate Dillon made television history by portraying the first significant non-binary character. In addition to teaching them how to live in their independence, they said that the role had also impacted the lives of others. "I watched Taylor on TV, and I realized something about myself, and I felt less alone," are common phrases heard from young people who visit Asia.
12. Demi Lovato
Source: Getty ImagesDemi Lovato is a well-known pop icon to everyone. However, Demi declared in 2021 that they are non-binary and use they/them pronouns, a choice they made after extensive introspection. They came out to assist individuals who are unable to discuss who they are with their loved ones although admitting that they are still learning. The singer replied, "Please keep living in your truths and know that I am sending so much love your way.
13. Jonathan Van Ness
Source: Getty ImagesOn Netflix's Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness, or JVN as they are frequently nicknamed, captured our hearts as the grooming guru. Since then, Jonathan, who identifies as non-binary, has written a book, hosted a podcast, and dazzled on red carpets. But they also broke a record by becoming Cosmopolitan UK's first non-female solo cover star in 35 years.
14. Josie Totah
Source: Getty ImagesJosie Totah revealed her transition in 2018, but she has already been in a number of well-known TV series. She said, "I always understood on some level that I was female. This wasn't something I chose; this was something I always knew about myself since I was a child."
She then appeared as a transgender girl in Peacock's Saved By The Bell revival. She said that there is so much more to her than simply her gender and that she was honored to play a trans character. She stated she wanted the narrative to normalize being trans in high school.
15. Alexandra Billings
Source: Getty ImagesWhen Alexandra Billings appeared in Romy and Michelle: In The Beginning in 2005, she made history by being the first transgender person to play a transgender role. She has since made several transgender-identified TV appearances. As the first openly trans performer to feature in the musical Wicked, she has made history both on stage and in the movies.