The gorgeous Indya Moore prefers to be referred to as they. Moore is both an actor and a model and is known for playing Angel Evangelista on the TV show “Pose.” The show’s success has put Indya on the map. They have numerous modeling campaigns under their belt.
Moore grew up in the Bronx and was kicked out of their childhood home at age 14 for being trans. As a black trans-person coming from poverty, they have found a way to become an incredibly successful activist and actor. They are truly living the American dream.
New Yorker Christine Jorgensen became nationally famous for being one of the first transgender women to undergo a complete sexual reassignment in the 1950s. The operation was highly publicized, and Jorgensen used the opportunity to advocate and speak on behalf of transpeople nationwide, giving lectures and holding meetings with political officials throughout her life.
By her admission, Jorgensen envisioned a life out of the limelight, but this was not to be. The highly talented performer went on to create a prosperous career as a singer and actress, and her groundbreaking transition was a celebration.
Karl Heinrich Ulrichs
Sociologist Volkmar Sigusch gave German lawyer Karl Heinrich Ulrichs the title “the first gay man in world history.” While this is obviously, not true, Sigusch was employing some creative license to describe the resistance that Karl Heinrich Ulrichs presented to the social disdain European society had towards homosexuality at the time.
The outspoken lawyer came out to his family in 1862, at the age of thirty-seven, and went on to write extensively about the reformation of social laws and norms toward gay rights. Ulrichs even took the step to present his case before the Congress of Jurists to reform laws.
Dana International became an instant icon when she won 1998's Eurovision Song Contest with her song “Diva.” Dana was born in Tel Aviv as the youngest of three children. As a young child, there were two things she already knew — that she felt like a woman and that she desperately wanted to become a singer. Her family was poor but supportive; her mom made sure they spent every extra penny paying for Dana's music lessons.
One of the truly amazing facts about Dana is that she came out at age 13, which is an early age even today. Back then, the year was 1982, and people were not as aware as they are today. She has managed to find commercial success in Israel.
German sexologist and doctor Magnus Hirschfield may have established the first scientifically backed organization that supported gay and transgender rights and helped vindicate the LGBTQIA+ from accusations of mental health diseases. The Nazi party revoked the eminent doctor of his German citizenship for his efforts.
Hirschfield penned "The Homosexuality of Men and Women" in 1914 and detailed how homosexuality is natural and omnipresent in almost all cultures globally. Hirschfield found increasing persecution under the emerging Nazi regime and fled to France, where he passed away two years later.