The Transcending Gender Project

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Ten everyday trans/gender non-conforming people you should know.

There have been quite a few articles lately to the tune of "ten trans people you should know." I am so, so happy to see these articles! It is so important to have trans and gender non-conforming celebrities stepping forward. And, I also want to share my own list of everyday people (in other words, non-celebrities) who are paving the way – just by being themselves. I think one of the most important forms of activism – and I will write an entire blog post on this soon – is just being yourself, being visible, and sharing your story. It's one of the reasons I'm doing this project. 

So, here is my own list of folks you should know:

1. Meet Jennifer: activist, congregant, strong woman. Jennifer is a trans activist in NYC, and is also a person of faith. As a person who was once homeless, Jennifer has jumped a lot of hurdles to get where she is now – and is giving back to the community by being a tireless advocate for trans rights. 

1. Meet Jennifer: activist, congregant, strong woman. Jennifer is a trans activist in NYC, and is also a person of faith. As a person who was once homeless, Jennifer has jumped a lot of hurdles to get where she is now – and is giving back to the community by being a tireless advocate for trans rights. 

2. Meet Nathalie: Nathalie is a wonderful, compassionate woman who is working to help survivors of sexual violence. She is a wonderful human who is helping real people every day. 

2. Meet Nathalie: Nathalie is a wonderful, compassionate woman who is working to help survivors of sexual violence. She is a wonderful human who is helping real people every day. 

3. Meet Jesse: Musician, coolest high school kid ever, man on a mission. Jesse is not only an extremely talented musician who was just accepted to one of the nations finest music schools in NYC, but is also one of the most kind, amazing humans. He has been an activist just by being himself, and out as trans at his high school. There is so much I could say about Jesse... he is just amazing. 

3. Meet Jesse: Musician, coolest high school kid ever, man on a mission. Jesse is not only an extremely talented musician who was just accepted to one of the nations finest music schools in NYC, but is also one of the most kind, amazing humans. He has been an activist just by being himself, and out as trans at his high school. There is so much I could say about Jesse... he is just amazing. 

4. Meet Jacob: Queer activist, Duke graduate, writer, part-time fashion icon. Read his amazing HuffPost op-ed here.

4. Meet Jacob: Queer activist, Duke graduate, writer, part-time fashion icon. Read his amazing HuffPost op-ed here.

5. Meet Hannah: Student osteopathic physician. Future healer. Kind woman. We had the pleasure of photographing Hannah at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference. She has plans to pursue family practice and bring better healthcare to queer families. We need more awesome physicians like Hannah!

5. Meet Hannah: Student osteopathic physician. Future healer. Kind woman. We had the pleasure of photographing Hannah at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference. She has plans to pursue family practice and bring better healthcare to queer families. We need more awesome physicians like Hannah!

6. Meet Dom: Suit maker, poet, monk, lover, fighter, friend. More nurse than warrior. Dom works for a suit company that is tailoring suits for masculine women, trans-identified folks, and gender non-conforming folks. 

6. Meet Dom: Suit maker, poet, monk, lover, fighter, friend. More nurse than warrior. Dom works for a suit company that is tailoring suits for masculine women, trans-identified folks, and gender non-conforming folks. 

7. Meet Landon: Sailor. Native Georgian. Kind soul. Landon made international headlines after being discharged from the military for being transgender. He is currently working on a series called "Transmilitary," and is also working to advocate for trans military rights. 

7. Meet Landon: Sailor. Native Georgian. Kind soul. Landon made international headlines after being discharged from the military for being transgender. He is currently working on a series called "Transmilitary," and is also working to advocate for trans military rights. 

8. Meet Quin (and Max and Avery!): Quin is an amazing parent – I have had the pleasure of knowing them for almost two years now. Quin and their partner are some of the most nurturing, loving parents I've met. They are involved in several parenting advocacy efforts. 

8. Meet Quin (and Max and Avery!): Quin is an amazing parent – I have had the pleasure of knowing them for almost two years now. Quin and their partner are some of the most nurturing, loving parents I've met. They are involved in several parenting advocacy efforts. 

9. Meet Kai: he's a rockstar. Not a literal rockstar, but a certified one – he's even got the hat. I met Kai in California and he is just a ball of fun. One of those amazing people that leaves you a little happier, even if it was a fleeting interaction. 

9. Meet Kai: he's a rockstar. Not a literal rockstar, but a certified one – he's even got the hat. I met Kai in California and he is just a ball of fun. One of those amazing people that leaves you a little happier, even if it was a fleeting interaction. 

10. Meet Dee: comedy club manager, and the kindest person ever. I met Dee at the comedy club in NYC she manages. She is a kind, quiet person who is an advocate and activist just by being herself. 

10. Meet Dee: comedy club manager, and the kindest person ever. I met Dee at the comedy club in NYC she manages. She is a kind, quiet person who is an advocate and activist just by being herself. 

These are the everyday people who are changing the way people see and think about transgender and gender non-conforming people. They are all activists just by being visible, and being themselves. There are so many more... and I can't wait to tell their stories.