“Gender fluid” has become a trending catchphrase, one that, in less than a year, has penetrated pop culture and finally given voice to the once voiceless. While people who identify themselves as gender fluid are not necessarily also transgender, each have legitimized/empowered the other, and together have begun dismantling archaic attitudes and given birth to a brave new world of gender without limitations.
Here is a list of today’s gender fluid/transgender trailblazers.
1. Ruby Rose
“For the most part, I definitely don’t identify as any gender. I’m not a guy; I don’t really feel like a woman, but obviously I was born one.”
The 29 year-old Australian actress, model, DJ, recording artist, and TV presenter Ruby Rose defines herself by neither gender and came out at age 12. Having first garnered attention in Australia in a teenage girls magazine modelling competition (Girlfriend), Rose recently captured international audiences with her portrayal of the sarcastic and striking Stella Carlin in Netflix’s OITNB.
2. Caitlin Jenner
“I’m saying goodbye to people’s perceptions of me and who I am. But I’m not saying goodbye to me. This has always been me.”
Retired athlete and former spouse of Kris Jenner, this year, Caitlin Jenner transitioned from man to woman. Although controversial, Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover will go down in history as the symbol of mainstream pop-culture media finally embracing the transgender community at large.
3. Jaden Smith
“That Moment When Your Wearing A Dress With No Pants And You Swerve Way To Hard.”
Will Smith’s son, 16 year-old rapper and actor Jaden Smith broke the internet with repeated appearances in skirts and dresses. Smith Junior has actually been riding the gender fluid wave since 2013 when his label MSFTSrep introduced gender-neutral tunics and skirts into their line.
4. Miley Cyrus
“I don’t relate to being boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl.”
The 22 year-old singer Miley Cyrus is an advocate for gender fluidity and is also bisexual. “I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age. Everything that’s legal, I’m down with.” Like ‘er or hate ‘er, Miley’s down.
5. Laverne Cox
“It is revolutionary for a trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist.”
The 31 year-old actress and LGBT advocate Laverne Cox won the hearts of OITNB audiences with her memorable portrayal of transgender character Sophia Burset. Subsequently, Cox became the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the acting category, and the first to be nominated for an Emmy Award since composer/musician Angela Morley in 1990. A social media crusader, Cox introduced the trending hashtag #transisbeautiful.
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