15 Trans And Gender-Fluid Advocates You Should Be Following
Because they are total bosses...
It’s super important to be properly informed about trans right and the people that are fighting for them. Whether you are totally keyed in or don’t really know what the conversation is about, now is the time to top up your knowledge in order to be a good ally.
Violence against trans people is on the rise, most likely in an ignorant response to the introduction of trans rights becoming more at the forefront of our minds. Movements like Trans Day Of Visibility and more and more pro-trans books coming out.
So if you need people to inspire or inform then look no further than these babes...
But first, with Pride coming up all over the world, see how you can be a great straight ally....
1. Devin Norelle
You need to follow Devin, a writer, model and advocate for a mix of knowledge, abs and lol memes about Donald Trump. Devin identifies as non-binary and strives to teach the world all about gender fluidity and how genders can live as one in a single body. LOVE. Also @SteroidBeyonce is probs one of the best Insta handles ever made.
2. Brendan Jordan
If you can’t stand a label then this is the place for you. Even though we are slightly miffed that we were not this fabulous as a teenager, we’re obsessed with Brendan’s glam, love for dog’s and Kardashian obsession. Brendan says: “I am a proud gay teen, and I identify as a gender-fluid person and I am very open with that. I am not interested in labels.”
3. Laverne Cox
Laverne Cox is QUEEN and if you aren’t following her, what have you been doing with your time? She shot to a household name in Orange Is The New Black playing a trans inmate, and was the first openly trans person to be nominated for an Emmy award in acting. Obsessed. With. Her.
The fact that Trump introduced a trans person military ban is frankly unbelievable - but it happened. And Outserve SLDN prides itself in being “the nation’s largest advocacy, support and legal services organization dedicated to the LGBT Military community”. They have fought the decision through media campaigns, legal action and rallying communities to fight this total injustice.
5. Janet Mock
Janet is a total boss and released a book, Redefining Realness – A Trans Girl’s Memoir in 2014 about her experiences. She’s an advocate for trans rights and wants the world to know that learning to love your body is the key to happiness. She says: “Anytime that we—and when I say ‘we,’ I mean feminine people, trans feminine folk, women—do anything that is centered on our own pleasure or desire, it’s seen as frivolous. But learning how to love your own body and finding pleasure in something that has brought you pain [in the past] is so important.”
6. Gigi Gorgeous
YouTuber Gigi is and out and proud trans woman who is a breath of fresh air, if air was covered in pink and glitter. She’s teams fun makeup videos with uploads of videos about life as a trans person and we’re obsessed.
7. Alex Bertie
The 22-year old YouTuber started uploading videos about his transition when he was just 13 years old. He revealed that no one was really making videos about trans issues a decade ago but that just gave him ‘a weird kind of comfort’. He told Newsbeat: “At first I didn't set out to be an idol, I was just trying to make my own community and show people what I was going through. That's why I've shared the bad stuff and now my family are really great. People can see it does get better."
8. Asifa Lahore
Being one of the first symbols of hope for the Asian trans community is no easy task. Asifa has spoken out about the struggles of being, not just trans, but also of Asian descent, where the LQBTQ+ community is sometimes not as readily accepted as other cultures. Follow her life to be inspired AF.
9. Jake Edwards
Jake is also a must follow for some super informative and inspirational trans knowledge. Jake identifies and gender queer and is an outspoken advocate for trans rights within the community. We just have one question – can we be best friends, please?
10. Candis Cayne
We first fell in love with Candis when she played a trans woman on Dirty Sexy Money and have been crushing on her ever since. She transitioned MTF when she was 25 and as well as being actively involved in the fight for trans rights for years, she also played a huge part in helping Caitlyn Jenner through her journey.
11. Carmen Carrera
Carmen, who starred on RuPaul’s Drag Race, is a well known model and trans rights activist. She famously called out RuPaul for using incorrect terms against the trans community like ‘tranny’ and ‘she-male’. The terms were promptly cut from the show and replaced. She has campaigned for years about how the drag scene sees trans people and has refused to return until it changes.
12. Jinx Monsoon
One of the all-time greats of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Jinx said on Twitter: "I am male-bodied, I prefer to identify as non-gendered/non-binary. I prefer They/Them." Jinx made a documentary about their life out of drag where they spoke at length about the hardships facing trans people. LOVE THEM SO MUUUUCH.
13. Alexandra Billings
The Transparent star was involved in a huge trans-inclusive milestone on TV when Alexandra’s character, Davina had a full frontal nudity scene. Alexandra said: “I don't think we've ever seen that on television before, on a few levels. I don’t think there has ever been a transgender woman, first of all my age, who is pre-op and who is someone who had HIV. Also, I wasn’t fetishized. I wasn’t sexualized — or desexualized." YES.
14. Munroe Bergdorf
The trans model is SUPER outspoken and has been in some hot water for her comments on racism. But her campaigning for trans rights has been celebrated. She was cast as the first transgender face of L’Oreal and was asked to advise the Labour party on LGBTQ+ issues.
15. Charlie Craggs
Charlie is a girl taking over the world. She came up with #NailTransphobia which allowed people to sit down, get a mani and chat to a trans person, educating the world on people different from cisgender. She also wrote the book To My Trans Sisters, is the brand ambassador for the London Trans Clinic and is pretty much the bomb.com.
And now what can we as a society do to improve representation of diversity?