Famous trans people

Many people think that being Trans means you will never be able to get a job or have a successful life. It can be a fear for a lot of Trans people and their families, but there is no reason why being Trans should hold you back.

This is a list of notable people who also identify as Trans, as well as some well-known activists and fore-runners from the Trans community. Each person in this list has a link to either their own website or an article about them on Wikipedia.

Some of the people listed are those who crossdressed either during wartime or a historical period for various reasons and so it’s hard to know exactly how they identified.

Nadia Almada
The first transsexual winner of series 5 of Big Brother in 2004
Wikipedia page

Valerie Arkell-Smith (1895-1960)
British writer and entertainer
Wikipedia page

April Ashley
English model
Personal Website – Wikipedia page

Jenny Bailey
English politician, mayor of Cambridge 2007-2008
Official Biography – Wikipedia page

James Barry (1795-1865)
British surgeon
Wikipedia page

S. Bear Bergman
Jewish American poet, playwright, theatre artist and author of Butch Is A Noun
Personal website – Wikipedia page

Kate Bornstein
American author, performance artist, and gender theorist
Personal website – Wikipedia page

Patrick Califia
American writer on queer studies and gender identity
Wikipedia page

Loren Cameron
American photographer/visual artist, author of Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits
Personal website – Wikipedia page

Lynda Cash
English Naval officer and first Transperson to have served in the Royal Navy

Angela Clayton MBE
British physicist and activist with Press for Change
Wikipedia page

Caroline Cossey
English model, actress, and author
Wikipedia page

Kate Craig-Wood
British IT entrepreneur
Personal website – Wikipedia page

Molly Cutpurse
English author
Wikipedia page

Michael Dillon (1915-1962)
British doctor
Wikipedia page

Leslie Feinberg
American author, speaker and activist
Personal website – Wikipedia page

Sir Ewan Forbes of Craigievar (1912-1991)
British doctor, farmer, 11th Baronet of Craigievar
Wikipedia page

Jamison ‘James’ Green
American activist and author of Becoming a Visible Man
Personal website – Wikipedia page

Captain Jan Hamilton
First officer in the British Army to complete gender re-assignment
Personal website – Wikipedia page

Lauren Harries
English child prodigy, artist and media personality
Wikipedia page

Eddie Izzard
British stand-up comedian and actor
Official website – Wikipedia page

Roz Kaveney
British writer, columnist and activist
Personal website – Wikipedia page

Hetty King (1883-1972)
English actor, entertainer and male impersonator
Wikipedia page

Danny La Rue OBE (1927 -2009)
Irish actor, entertainer who self-identified as a ‘comic in a frock’
Official website – Wikipedia page

Jan Morris CBE
British historian, author and travel writer
Wikipedia page

Flight Lieutenant Caroline Paige
First officer in the Royal Air Force to transition, still serving as a female officer in the RAF
Wikipedia page

Dee Palmer British musician, keyboardist with Jethro Tull
Offical biography – Wikipedia page

Grayson Perry
English artist, winner of the 2003 Turner Prize
Wikipedia page

Fay Presto
British magician
Official website – Wikipedia page

Terri Rogers (1937-1999)
English ventriloquist and magician
Wikipedia page

Dawn Langley Simmons (1937 -2000)
English author and biographer
Wikipedia page

Professor Stephen Whittle OBE, PhD
British lawyer, transsexual activist and founder of the FTM Network and Press for Change
Wikipedia page

Sophie Wilson
British computer scientist and designer of the Acorn Computer
Personal website – Wikipedia page

Sgt Major Joanne Wingate
First publicly known Transperson to transition and serve in the British Army
Wikipedia page


Transgender characters in popular culture

  • Azure C. on The City, played by Carlotta Chang
  • Claire on Barbershop: The Series, played by Sheryl Lee Ralph
  • Doris the Ugly Stepsister in Shrek 2 and Shrek 3, voiced by Larry King
  • Hayley Cropper on Coronation Street, played by Julie Hesmondhalgh
  • Dr. Robert Elliot/’Bobbi’ in Dressed To Kill, played by Michael Caine
  • Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, played both times by Tim Curry
  • Janet Garrison on South Park, voiced by Trey Parker
  • Judge Constance Harm on The Simpsons, voiced by Jane Kaczmarek
  • Henry ‘Hildegarde’ Desmond on Bosom Buddies, played by Peter Scolari
  • Emily Howard on Little Britain, played by David Walliams
  • Geraldine Jones on The Flip Wilson Show, played by Flip Wilson
  • Alexis Meade on Ugly Betty, played by Rebecca Romijn
  • Ava Moore on Nip/Tuck, played by Famke Janssen
  • Montana Moorhead in Soapdish, played by Cathy Moriarty
  • Bree Osbourne in Transamerica, played by Felicity Huffman
  • Dolores ‘Lola’ Padilla on Lalola played by Carla Peterson
  • Cherry Peck on Nip/Tuck, played by Willam Belli
  • Detective Selma Reesdale on the third season of Gotham Girls
  • Hedwig Robinson in Hedwig and the Angry Inch the film and stage musical, both played by John Cameron Mitchell
  • Roni on All of Us played by Tyra Banks
  • Edith ‘Edie’ Stokes on The Jeffersons played by Veronica Redd
  • Max Sweeney on The L Word played by Daniela Sea
  • Kip ‘Buffy’ Wilson on Bosom Buddies, played by Tom Hanks
  • Zarf on All My Children, played by Jeffrey Carlson
  • Alucard from Hellsing: The Dawn
  • Myra Breckinridge from Myra Breckinridge by Gore Vidal, also a film
  • Courier, a character from Marvel Comics
  • Herculine from The Book of Shadows by James Reese
  • Liam from Luna by Julia Anne Peters
  • Grady McNair from Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger
  • Roberta Muldoon from The World According to Garp by John Irving, also a film
  • Dr O’Connor from Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
  • Orlando from Orlando: A Biography by Virginia Woolf, also a film
  • Princess Ozma from the Land of Oz universe by L. Frank Baum
  • Cal Stephanides from Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Stephen from The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

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