14 Noteworthy Transgender Pioneers

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You are not alone, Caitlyn Jenner.

These transgender pioneers are helping you blaze an important trail and we're admire them for doing so.

Get to know the role models below:

1. Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner

2. Alexis Arquette

Alexis Arquette
Alexis Arquette, the sibling of David and Patricia Arquette, was born as a man named Robert. But she used her platform as an actress to help push for LGBT rights and equality.

3. Lana Wachowski

Lana Wachowski
Lana Wachowski came out in 2012. Along with her brother, Lana Wachowski co-wrote The Matrix trilogy.

4. Chaz Bono

Chaz Bono
The son of Sonny Bono and Cher, Chaz Bono has been an outspoken member of this community since 2009.

5. Janet Mock

Janet Mock
Since coming out as transgender, this ex-People.com editor has become a major voice and face for the trans community.

6. Christine Jorgensen

Christine Jorgensen
Christine Jorgensen died in 1989 at the age of 62. But not before becoming the first widely known person to undergo gender confirmation surgery.

7. Lucas Silveira

Lucas Silveira
Lucas Silveira, lead singer of The Cliks, made history when he came the first openly trans male frontman to be signed by a major record label.

8. Lea T

Lea T
This Brazilian supermodel was discovered by Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci when he hired Lea T as his personal assistant. Not long after, she became his muse and her modeling career got underway.

9. Renee Richards

Renee Richards
Renee Richards is an ophthalmologist, author and former professional tennis player. She successfully fought back against a ban that initially didn’t allow her to play in the United States Tennis Association.

10. Isis King

Isis King
Isis King became the first (and, so far, only) trans model to be featured on America's Next Top Model. She was a part of both the 11th and 17th cycles of the series.

11. Thomas Beatie

Thomas Beatie
You know Thomas Beatie as The Pregnant Man. He and his wife have three kids, all of whom he carried.

12. Candis Cayne

Candis Cayne
On Dirty Sexy Money, Candis Cayne became the first transgender actress to take on a recurring transgender character in prime time.

13. Kye Allums

Kye Allums
Kye Allums was the first Division I openly transgender athlete in NCAA sports history.

14. Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox
Laverne Cox stars on Orange is the New Black. And this Time Magazine cover says it all.

15. Buck Angel

Buck Angel
Buck Angel is world's first female-to-male porn star. He works as an advocate, educator, lecturer and writer.

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