For the first time in history this morning, 100 groundbreaking trans advocates from around the country were honored by We Happy Trans and This is H.O.W. in the inaugural “Trans 100″ list, a comprehensive overview of the movers and shakers in the typically underrepresented community.
The project was birthed between This Is H.O.W. Director Antonia D’orsay and We Happy Trans’ Jen Richards in an effort to focus media attention on the positive efforts of the community by highlighting its diversity as a whole. “These people demonstrate the diversity, the determination, and the incredible triumph of spirit that informs all trans people, no matter where they are,” said D’orsay. “This is just a glimpse of what trans people can accomplish.”
The historical list, sponsored by Chicago House and GLAAD, was complied from over 500 nominations and presented at the Trans 100 Launch Event in Chicago on March 29, International Transgender Day of Visibility. Keynote speaker Janet Mock (right), a trans activist included on this year’s list, was the first to publicly speak about the finished product, declaring “I am here tonight because of the 99 other names on the inaugural Trans 100 list and the unrecognized thousands who are not on this list whose quiet acts are changing lives. They are the dream realized.”
Mark this day in your calendar, folks! Years from now, you’ll remember these fearless honorees as the people that paved the way for future generations of trans people in America.