18 Transgender People You Should Know

These individuals have made great strides.

18 Transgender People You Should Know - Over the years, several transgender people have shared their stories with the world, resulting in more awareness about gender identity. From actress Laverne Cox to Playboy's first Playmate Ines Rau, here are 17 transgender people you should know. (Photos from Left: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Turner, Derek Ketella/Playboy)

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18 Transgender People You Should Know - Over the years, several transgender people have shared their stories with the world, resulting in more awareness about gender identity. From actress Laverne Cox to Playboy's first Playmate Ines Rau, here are 17 transgender people you should know. (Photos from Left: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Turner, Derek Ketella/Playboy)

Ines Rau - Ines Rau made history by coming Playboy's first transgender Playmate. The French and Braziliian model. When the news broke, Ines said, "No one deserves to be a woman more than those [trans women] who routinely suffer abuse and are treated like they’re less than nothing.” (Photo: Derek Kettela/Playboy)

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Ines Rau - Ines Rau made history by coming Playboy's first transgender Playmate. The French and Braziliian model. When the news broke, Ines said, "No one deserves to be a woman more than those [trans women] who routinely suffer abuse and are treated like they’re less than nothing.” (Photo: Derek Kettela/Playboy)

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Agnes Moore, aka Peppermint - Agnes Moore, known by her stage name, Peppermint, made her mark on this season's RuPaul’s Drag Race and has been a fixture in the New York City nightlife for years. On the show, she revealed she identifies as transgender. She is also well-known for her music, including parodies of popular tracks by Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Azealia Banks.(Photo: Santiago Felipe/FilmMagic)

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Agnes Moore, aka Peppermint - Agnes Moore, known by her stage name, Peppermint, made her mark on this season's RuPaul’s Drag Race and has been a fixture in the New York City nightlife for years. On the show, she revealed she identifies as transgender. She is also well-known for her music, including parodies of popular tracks by Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Azealia Banks.(Photo: Santiago Felipe/FilmMagic)

Brian Michael Smith - This transgender actor has been working in Hollywood for years long before he came out to the world as transgender. He took the moment playing a transgender police officer on the second season of the OWN smash hit series Queen Sugar in July 2017 to let the world in on his truth. (Photo: Ben Esner/BenEsner.com)

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Brian Michael Smith - This transgender actor has been working in Hollywood for years long before he came out to the world as transgender. He took the moment playing a transgender police officer on the second season of the OWN smash hit series Queen Sugar in July 2017 to let the world in on his truth. (Photo: Ben Esner/BenEsner.com)

Amiyah Scott - A talented actress on the rise, Amiyah Scott made history when she became just the third openly-trans actress to play a trans lead role when she joined the cast of Lee Daniels's Star. Amiyah is breaking down barriers!(Photo: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for SCAD)

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Amiyah Scott - A talented actress on the rise, Amiyah Scott made history when she became just the third openly-trans actress to play a trans lead role when she joined the cast of Lee Daniels's Star. Amiyah is breaking down barriers!(Photo: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for SCAD)

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Geena Rocero - The Filipino-American supermodel founded Gender Proud, aimed to stand up for the rights of transgender people throughout the world.(Photo: Larry French/Getty Images for Getty Images for Marriott International)

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Geena Rocero - The Filipino-American supermodel founded Gender Proud, aimed to stand up for the rights of transgender people throughout the world.(Photo: Larry French/Getty Images for Getty Images for Marriott International)

Mickailia 'Ila' Adu - Last year, Sade's child Mickailia 'Ila' Adu came out as a transgender man at 20 years old. Much love to Ila for being his authentic self!(Photo: Mickailia 'Ila' Adu via Instagram)

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Mickailia 'Ila' Adu - Last year, Sade's child Mickailia 'Ila' Adu came out as a transgender man at 20 years old. Much love to Ila for being his authentic self!(Photo: Mickailia 'Ila' Adu via Instagram)

Laverne Cox - You may know her as Sophia Burset, a trans woman imprisoned for credit card fraud, in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, but Laverne Cox has been a vocal advocate for the transgender community for years. She even graced the cover of the June 9, 2014, issue of Time magazine.(Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

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Laverne Cox - You may know her as Sophia Burset, a trans woman imprisoned for credit card fraud, in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, but Laverne Cox has been a vocal advocate for the transgender community for years. She even graced the cover of the June 9, 2014, issue of Time magazine.(Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Tiq Milan - Literary force Tiq Milan chronicled his journey on his website, highlighting that he began his transition in the summer of 2007. Today, Tiq is a senior media strategist of national news at GLAAD (formerly an acronym for "Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation"). Prior to his position at GLAAD, he served as Editor-in-Chief at IKONS magazine, an LGBT pop culture publication.(Photo: Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for GLAAD)

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Tiq Milan - Literary force Tiq Milan chronicled his journey on his website, highlighting that he began his transition in the summer of 2007. Today, Tiq is a senior media strategist of national news at GLAAD (formerly an acronym for "Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation"). Prior to his position at GLAAD, he served as Editor-in-Chief at IKONS magazine, an LGBT pop culture publication.(Photo: Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for GLAAD)

Janet Mock - Famed for her New York Times bestseller Redefining Realness, Janet Mock has most recently made waves in the world of media. After coming out publicly as a trans woman in a 2011 Marie Claire article, Mock has since appeared on Piers Morgan Live and was featured in our BET.com LGBT Pride Series.(Photo: Fernando Leon/Getty Images)

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Janet Mock - Famed for her New York Times bestseller Redefining Realness, Janet Mock has most recently made waves in the world of media. After coming out publicly as a trans woman in a 2011 Marie Claire article, Mock has since appeared on Piers Morgan Live and was featured in our BET.com LGBT Pride Series.(Photo: Fernando Leon/Getty Images)

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Isis King - Best known for her stints on cycles 11 and 17 of America's Next Top Model, Isis King is a living history lesson. In addition to becoming the first trans woman to compete on the modeling reality show, the Maryland native became the first openly transgender model for clothing brand American Apparel in 2012.(Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for OUT Magazine)

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Isis King - Best known for her stints on cycles 11 and 17 of America's Next Top Model, Isis King is a living history lesson. In addition to becoming the first trans woman to compete on the modeling reality show, the Maryland native became the first openly transgender model for clothing brand American Apparel in 2012.(Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for OUT Magazine)

Jay Kelly - Though he may be the youngest child of R&B great R. Kelly, Jay Kelly is making a name for himself. He came out as transgender a couple of years ago on his Instagram page and further explained his journey on Ask.fm.(Photo: mi_ylno_namuh via Instagram)

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Jay Kelly - Though he may be the youngest child of R&B great R. Kelly, Jay Kelly is making a name for himself. He came out as transgender a couple of years ago on his Instagram page and further explained his journey on Ask.fm.(Photo: mi_ylno_namuh via Instagram)

CeCe McDonald - Chrishaun Reed "CeCe" McDonald is an African-American transgender woman and activist who was sentenced to 41 months in prison for stabbing a man who attacked her and her friends, and, according to McDonald, shouted racist and transphobic slurs. McDonald was released on Jan. 13, 2014, after serving 19 months. Several media and political figures, including Marc Lamont Hill and Cam Gordon, have vocally supported CeCe throughout her journey. (Photo: Courtesy of SupportCeCe.wordpress.com)

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CeCe McDonald - Chrishaun Reed "CeCe" McDonald is an African-American transgender woman and activist who was sentenced to 41 months in prison for stabbing a man who attacked her and her friends, and, according to McDonald, shouted racist and transphobic slurs. McDonald was released on Jan. 13, 2014, after serving 19 months. Several media and political figures, including Marc Lamont Hill and Cam Gordon, have vocally supported CeCe throughout her journey. (Photo: Courtesy of SupportCeCe.wordpress.com)

C. Riley Snorton - Scholar, author and LGBTQ activist Dr. C. Riley Snorton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. He is a vocal member of the trans community and writes in the areas of transgender and queer theory, cultural studies, performance studies, Africana studies and popular culture. In 2014, Snorton published a book titled Nobody Is Supposed to Know, which highlights how Black sexuality is viewed by the wider global community.(Photo: C. Riley Snorton via Twitter)

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C. Riley Snorton - Scholar, author and LGBTQ activist Dr. C. Riley Snorton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. He is a vocal member of the trans community and writes in the areas of transgender and queer theory, cultural studies, performance studies, Africana studies and popular culture. In 2014, Snorton published a book titled Nobody Is Supposed to Know, which highlights how Black sexuality is viewed by the wider global community.(Photo: C. Riley Snorton via Twitter)

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy - Miss Major Griffin-Gracy is the true essence of a trans-activist. Her struggles are epic but her triumphs are more important. She is currently a community leader, and internationally recognized human rights activist. Now in her 70s, Griffin-Gracy serves as Executive Director of the Transgender GenderVariant Intersex Justice Project, where she has worked for transgender rights for more than four decades.(Photo: Miss Major Film/ Floating Ophelia Productions)

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Miss Major Griffin-Gracy - Miss Major Griffin-Gracy is the true essence of a trans-activist. Her struggles are epic but her triumphs are more important. She is currently a community leader, and internationally recognized human rights activist. Now in her 70s, Griffin-Gracy serves as Executive Director of the Transgender GenderVariant Intersex Justice Project, where she has worked for transgender rights for more than four decades.(Photo: Miss Major Film/ Floating Ophelia Productions)

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D. Smith - Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta fans may know D. Smith as the first transgender cast member of the franchise, but she has been successful in the entertainment industry for years. She is best known for writing one of Lil' Wayne's biggest hits, 2008's "Shoot Me Down," and is also a Grammy Award-winning artist. She is now determined to push her brand to further heights by shining a light on being transgender in the hip hop community on L&HH: ATL.(Photo: D. Smith via Twitter)

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D. Smith - Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta fans may know D. Smith as the first transgender cast member of the franchise, but she has been successful in the entertainment industry for years. She is best known for writing one of Lil' Wayne's biggest hits, 2008's "Shoot Me Down," and is also a Grammy Award-winning artist. She is now determined to push her brand to further heights by shining a light on being transgender in the hip hop community on L&HH: ATL.(Photo: D. Smith via Twitter)

Leiomy Maldonado - The dance form voguing has its roots in the Black and Latin ballroom scene. Leiomy Maldonado is one of the most famous voguers to date. Making her television debut on season four of Randy Jackson's America's Best Dance Crew with Vogue Evolution in 2009, she got the world's attention, especially with her signature hair flip which already has its own name: "The Lolly." Since ABDC, she has gone on to travel the world, teaching the art of voguing and even appeared in Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair" video.(Photo: Leiomy Maldonado via Instagram)

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Leiomy Maldonado - The dance form voguing has its roots in the Black and Latin ballroom scene. Leiomy Maldonado is one of the most famous voguers to date. Making her television debut on season four of Randy Jackson's America's Best Dance Crew with Vogue Evolution in 2009, she got the world's attention, especially with her signature hair flip which already has its own name: "The Lolly." Since ABDC, she has gone on to travel the world, teaching the art of voguing and even appeared in Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair" video.(Photo: Leiomy Maldonado via Instagram)

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Marsha P. Johnson - From the '60s to the '90s, American transgender rights activist Marsha P. Johnson was known as an immensely popular figure in New York City's gay and art scene. Johnson exercised her passion for transgender rights by spearheading the Stonewall Riots, where she often clashed with the police. Furthermore, she was known as one of the city's most infmaous drag queens, and co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.) with fellow trans woman Sylvia Rivera. Tragically, in July 1992, shortly after the 1992 Pride March, Johnson's body was found floating in the Hudson River off the West Village Piers. Though police initially ruled her death a suicide, her peers insisted she wasn't suicidal and protested until police reopened the case as a possible homicide.(Photo: Pay It No Mind/Redux Pictures)

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Marsha P. Johnson - From the '60s to the '90s, American transgender rights activist Marsha P. Johnson was known as an immensely popular figure in New York City's gay and art scene. Johnson exercised her passion for transgender rights by spearheading the Stonewall Riots, where she often clashed with the police. Furthermore, she was known as one of the city's most infmaous drag queens, and co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.) with fellow trans woman Sylvia Rivera. Tragically, in July 1992, shortly after the 1992 Pride March, Johnson's body was found floating in the Hudson River off the West Village Piers. Though police initially ruled her death a suicide, her peers insisted she wasn't suicidal and protested until police reopened the case as a possible homicide.(Photo: Pay It No Mind/Redux Pictures)

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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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)