Living in the 21st century has opened up people’s minds on notions about gender identity. Part of what helped make this paradigm shift happen is the fact that so many prominent voices have opened up about their gender identity struggles and triumphs. Many celebrities have come forward to share that they identify as transgender and they have truly helped pave the way for those who may be experiencing feelings of dysphoria. Here are some of the most famous trans-identifying celebrities.
Candy Darling was a Golden Cinema star who starred in films like Women Revolt, Silent Night, Bloody Night, and Flesh. Born James Lawrence Slattery in 1944, she announced that she was transgender at a time when it was nearly unheard of. She often worked with Andy Warhol, starring in two of his film.s Sadly, she passed away when she was just 29 years old.
April Ashley was a model and actress from Britain who truly gave a face to the trans community during the 60’s. She worked in modeling and acting until she could afford gender reassignment surgery. Unfortunately, her story was printed without her consent in British magazine Sunday People. However, her story help contribute to a more accepting society.