Ten Transgender People You Should Know

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  • CeCe McDonald
  • C. Riley Snorton
  • Miss Major Griffin-Gracy
  • Marsha P. Johnson
  • Carlett A. Brown
  • Laverne Cox/Jay Kelly
  • Laverne Cox
  • Tiq Milan
  • Janet Mock
  • Isis King
  • Jay Kelly

Carlett A. Brown

Paving the way for the trans activists of today, Carlett A. Brown started her journey while serving in the Navy during the 1950s. Introduced by JET Magazine, which she historically covered, as one to attempt the "First Negro Sex Change." She worked as a shake dancer to earn money for gender affirmation surgery after discovering that she was intersex during her time of service. During this time, the surgery she sought was not legal in the United States, so she traveled to Denmark, where her first procedure was done.

(Photo: JET Magazine)

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