The Trans 100 list was created in order to battle transphobia and highlight the amazing work done by transgender people, and the 2014 winners were released this morning.
This is the second year of the Trans 100 list, and the website explains what is necessary in order to be on this list. Some of the criteria includes: “Nominees must be doing work that has daily life impact in the service to the Trans Community, with special focus on the areas of ostracism elimination, stigma reduction, poverty reduction, furthering the social and economic development of the Trans Community and building infrastructure within the Trans Community. On the ground, in the trenches work is valued first and foremost.”
This list was presented at the Trans 100 Live Event on March 30. Some of the awesome people included were Against Me singer Laura Jane Grace, reality TV star Carmen Carrera and Lana Wachowski, co-writer and co-director of “The Matrix” movies.
This is still only the second year it’s happening, so we can’t wait to see this get bigger and better with each coming year. But keep in mind that not everyone on this list is famous. The rules in getting nominated point out, “We particularly encourage the nominations of people who are unsung and/or unseen” and “Nominees can be working at any scale, locally, regionally, or nationally.” So, say, if you or a friend are working on transgender rights at your school or community, that could well get you or your friend on next year’s list!
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