LGBTQ+ trailblazers

Celebrating Transwomen on Transvisibility Day

Their accomplishments and perseverance are a testament to their struggles and progress.

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Michaela Jaé “MJ” Rodriguez is the first transgender actress to win a Golden Globe. She won best actress in a TV drama for her role as Blanca in the FX show, Pose.

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CeCe Telfer is the first openly transgender woman to win a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) title. She won the 400-meter hurdle in 2019 for the Franklin Pierce University track and field team.

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Nicole Maines plays TV's first transgender superhero, Dreamer, on the new show Supergirl. In addition to acting, she also has a history of activism. In 2014, Nicole won a landmark court case for transgender rights.

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Geena Rocero is the first open transgender ambassador for Miss Universe Nepal. She is also the first transgender Asian Pacific Island woman to be named Playboy playmate of the month and the first transgender person to earn the title of Playboy playmate of the year.

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Lilly and Lana Wachowski are the co-directors, producers, and writers of the Matrix trilogy, V for Vendetta, and Cloud Atlas. They are also siblings! This is Lilly.

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And this is Lana Wachowski!

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Valentina Sampaio made history as the first transgender model to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. In 2019, she also became the first open transgender Victoria's Secret model.

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Laura Jane Grace has made their mark in alternative music as a pioneer for trans artists in this genre. They are the lead guitarist for the punk rock band, Against Me! Laura is also outspoken about transgender rights and is a parent.

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Amy Schneider became Jeopardy!'s top female earner on the show. She took more than one million in prize money.

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Sarah McBride is the highest-ranking transgender elected official in the United States. Sarah was also the first openly transgender state senator in the Delaware State senate.

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