Transgender Trailblazers Who Paved the Way for Caitlyn Jenner


Jun 4, 2015

Transgender Trailblazers Who Paved the Way for Caitlyn Jenner

The world welcomed Caitlyn Jenner in a big way on Monday, after the release of her Vanity Fair cover.

The story quickly gained worldwide attention and continues to drive the conversation on social media.

And while her debut was nothing shy of impactful, it’s important to keep in mind that she wasn’t the first transgender trailblazer.

View the gallery above to get to know more about the inspiring people who helped paved the way for Caitlyn Jenner and so many more.

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Chaz Bono | Like Caitlyn Jenner, advocate, musician and writer Bono chose to publicly announce his transgender identity with a magazine cover. In 1995, the only child of Sonny and Cher was featured on the cover of The Advocate, a gay monthly magazine.  Between 2008 and 2010, Bono underwent female-to-male gender transition, and legally changed his gender and name in 2010. Photo Credit: Getty Images
Christine Jorgensen | Jorgensen was widely known for being the first person in the United States to undergo gender reassignment surgery.  The New York City native served in the U.S. Army during World War II and later worked as an actress and nightclub entertainer. Her gender transformation landed her on the front page of the New York Daily News in the early ‘50s, instantly catapulting her to celebrity status. She used her fame to advocate for transgender people. Photo Credit: Getty Images
Chelsea Manning | Manning gained attention after disclosing classified information to WikiLeaks that violated the Espionage Act. Upon being convicted in July 2013, she was discharged from her service in the U.S. Army and imprisoned. Manning desired to begin hormone replacement therapy while in prison and requested to have her name changed from Bradley to Chelsea. In her first interview from prison, Manning opened up to Cosmopolitan in May about her experience as a transgender woman in a male prison. Manning also expressed her lifelong desire to live as a woman. Photo Credit: Twitter
Laverne Cox | Actress, reality TV star and producer Cox made history as the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her role in "Orange Is the New Black." A longtime LGBT advocate, Cox was honored for her activism by GLADD when she received its Stephen F. Kolzak Award in April 2014. Cox made headlines in June 2014 when she became the first openly transgender person to appear on the cover of TIME magazine. Photo Credit: Getty Images

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