Trans Activists You Should Know About
Influencers, activists and game changers
It’s Transgender Day Of Remembrance is an annual observance that honours the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in the acts of anti-transgender violence. So, it’s important to remember those who lost their lives fighting for what we have now. Keep on reading to learn about those who paved the way for trans activists, along with some LGBTQ+ Instagram accounts you should be following to educate yourself on trans lives.
From being completely open and documenting their transition, to creating safe spaces for people to talk about sexuality/gender and being one of the first trans singers to break out in Brazil – one of the most dangerous places for the trans community. Keep reading to find out our fave LGBTQ+ insta accounts to entertain, inspire, and most importantly, inform.
Those who came before
Lili Elbe (The Danish Girl)
Lili was born 136 years ago and is best known for undergoing one of the first-known gender-affirming surgical processes. She was originally married to Gerda Gottlieb and they were both obsessed with art. When one of Gottlieb’s models failed to show, she asked Elbe to wear stockings and heels so she could continue her portraits lower half. That’s where Elbe realised that she “felt very much at home”. In 1912, they moved to Paris where Elbe continued to live as a woman. After many gender-affirming surgeries, Elbe had an operation consisting of vaginoplasty and a uterus implant in 1931. Unfortunately, her immune system rejected the uterus, resulting in an infection. On September 13th, 1931, Lili Elbe died due to an infection at 48 years old. “The Danish Girl” based on Elbe’s life was adapted into a movie in 2015 allowing her story to educate and inspire.
Marsha P. Johnson
Marsha P. Johnson co-founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries. This was the first organisation ran by trans women of colour, where they provided shelter for LGBTQ+ individuals. At this time, being gay was classified as a mental illness in the US. Gay people were often threatened and beaten by police, and were outcasted by many people in society. Marsha said the P in her name stood for ‘pay it no mind’ – a phrase that she would constantly use to shield negative comments on her life and choices. In June 1969, when Marsha was just 23, police raided a gay bar in New York, where they forced over 200 people out of the bar and on the streets, and then proceeded to use excessive violence against them. Marsha was one of the key members who stood up to the police and continued to lead protests and riots demanding rights for gay people. Marsha went missing in 1992 with police finding her body just 6 days later. They claimed nobody had been responsible for her death, but friends argued that attacks on gay and trans people were common. Marsha leads a life of determination, courage and bravery and for that, she has inspired many future generations.
Trans Insta’s to follow
Munroe is a DJ and transgender activist. She uses insta to document her transition and experience as a black woman. She has found a lot of support from the trans and wider community, recently posing for Vogue – putting the spotlight on the trans community. In 2016, she was even voted the third most influential LGBTQIA+ person in the UK. She is really breaking barriers and making positive moves. So she is one to keep an eye on.
Who loves Drag Race? Carmen first made a name for herself as a contestant on season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. This queen didn’t win but the visibility gave her fame and recognition to announce her transition after the season wrapped. Carrera has worked for trans rights and inclusivity since transitioning within the modelling and Latin American industries.
Laith-Ashley De La Cruz
De La Cruz started his modelling career while transitioning. He has been completely frank in sharing his story of acceptance and transition on news outlets to explain and knock back the misconceptions of being trans. Thanks to documenting his transition through modelling, he has showcased that trans people are more than their transition.
Linn Da Quebrada
Linn is a black Brazilian rapper who is using her name to call out the machista culture in Brazil. The South American country is notorious for having an extremely high rate of transphobic and homophobic murders. What Linn is doing is so important for the LGBTQ+ Brazilian.
So there you have it. Get following these amazing and inspirational trans activists if you need an uplift or to inform yourself and others of different experiences. Make sure you also learn more about the trans activists that came before and paved the way. It’s so important to uplift the LGBTQ+ community because surprisingly, there’s still so much hate out there. So get following, learning, and accepting everyone for being unapologetically themselves.
If you wanna contribute to the trans community, check out Not A Phase Charity. Giving aid to this Charity can help teach businesses how to implement appropriate HR for trans employees, teaching trans people how to make creative CVs and excel in job interviews, and invest in trans run businesses. If you want to learn more about Not A Phase, check out our interview with the founders here