As today is #transdayofvisibility here are some of the amazing trans women we’ve featured so far on Illustrated Women in History! Please message with suggestions if you think anyone should be featured on Illustrated Women in History!
Laverne Cox is an American emmy-nominated actress and the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. She is an advocate for the transgender community and was honoured by GLAAD with its Stephen F. Kolzak Award for her work.
Janet Mock is an American best-selling author, transgender rights activist, sought-after speaker and the founder of #GirlsLikeUs, a social media project that empowers trans women.
Marsha “Pay No Mind” Johnson was an activist, performer, model, sex worker (for which she was frequently arrested), and mother figure to many young trans women in New York during her lifetime. She was such a well known face that she posed for Andy Warhol, which she felt was a clear indication of her fame.
Christine Jorgensen was an American trans woman who was the first person to become widely known in the United States for having gender reassignment surgery.
Danica Roem is an American journalist and politician of the Democratic Party from Northern Virginia. In the 2017 elections, she was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. She will become the first openly transgender person to both be elected to a U.S. state’s legislature and serve her term.
Laura Jane Grace is an American musician best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me! In 2016 she published her biography, Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout.
Lili Elbe was a transgender Danish painter who was among the first-ever documented recipients of gender confirmation surgery.