‘Things aren’t always what they seem’ is a saying that fits perfectly on this accord. As our society was taking a civil form, we were defined in two individual categories – male and female. Anything beyond that was considered an abnormality. Although the society has progressed quite far, some things haven’t changed a lot!
What some people choose to overlook is that there is a category among the two stated above – the Transgenders. But surprisingly, people still consider it to be nothing more than a mental illness – an anomaly. But then, there are those who subside to this societal pressure and keep themselves hidden. And then, there are those who fight the bias and make sure that the society acknowledges them.
When you see these guys now, they’d look quite like regular people. But had you known them earlier in their life, you’d have understood what it is to be among the dejected section of the community. These people weren’t born guys. They felt left out of the society and decided to make their place and worth in it.
Read these inspiring tales of these guys who ‘didn’t let what’s between their legs define who they were.’
Loren Cameron is an American photographer, author, and transsexual activist. He documented his own physiological transition from female to male in his critically received book ‘Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits‘.
Aydian Dowling, a successful fitness trainer, and entrepreneur has been breaking gender-biased stereotypes throughout his career. And to top it all, he was among the finalists for ‘The Ultimate Guy’, a contest held by ‘Men’s Health’ magazine.
Balian Buschbaum was born in 1980 as Yvonne Buschbaum and is a former German pole vaulter. Though he was the second best female pole vaulter in Germany, in 2007 Buschbaum announced his retirement due to a persistent injury. He also expressed his desire to begin gender reassignment therapy. In 2008, he officially changed his name and underwent gender reassignment surgery to become a man.
Ryan Sallans, born as Kimberly Ann Sallans, and is an LGBT rights advocate and public speaker who travels the U.S. to educate people about transgender issues. He underwent his transformation from female to male over the course of several years and completed his transition in 2005. Sallans has been featured on ‘Larry King Live!’ as well as countless magazines and other publications.
Adult filmmaker and transsexual Buck Angel is now an icon in the LGBT community. But it wasn’t an easy ride. When his secondary sex characteristics began to develop at around age 16, his home life became increasingly tense. Unaware of treatments for gender dysphoria, he lived for years as a female professional model, dissatisfied with his identity and existence. His famous phrase “It’s not what between your legs that defines you” is an inspiration for many like him.
Jaimie Wilson, born a female and now a trans male is 21 years of age and hails from Florida, USA. He decided to start his transition in 2015 and most of his friends and family left his side when he needed them the most. “At first, I was scared to come out as transgender because I didn’t give any ‘signs,’ as people say,” he wrote on Instagram.
Ian Harvie is a stand-up comedian who often uses his transsexuality as material in his act. He has performed with Margaret Cho and many other notable celebrities and is a well-known fixture in the LGBT pop culture community.
Born in Canada in 1979, Lucas Silveira made history being the first openly-trans man to be in a rock band which was signed by a major record label. Silveira is a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for The Cliks, he has also released a new solo album which is available now.
Rocco Kayiatos aka Katastrophe, an American hip-hop rapper, and producer. Kayiatos is widely credited as the first openly transgender singer in the hip-hop genre.
Thomas Beatie gained international attention for being the world’s most visible “pregnant” man. Born female, he lived his life as a woman until his mid-twenties. He then began taking male hormone therapy but decided to retain his female sex organs so that he and his wife, who could not conceive herself, could have children together using donor sperm. Beatie has since had three children and is back on his male hormones.