This site is the most comprehensive on the web devoted to trans history and biography. Well over 1200 persons worthy of note, both famous and obscure, are discussed in detail, and many more are mentioned in passing - especially in the year-end summaries (see links in right sidebar.)

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05 December 2015

Some Events of 2015: Part 2: Persons, Changebacks

Part 1: Organizations & Activists, Equal marriage, Other Legislation.
Part 2: Persons, Changebacks
Part 3: Marriage, Lovers and Family, Trans Kids
Part 4: Politics & Government, Celebrities, Sports
Part 5: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Military, Cops & Firefighters, Conviction & Imprisonment, Homeless Shelters, US TSA, Nemeses
Part 6: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Legal, Deaths
Part 7: Autogynephilia, Drag, Butch, Dress Reform, Homeogender Surgeries, Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Music & Performance
Part 8: Internet, Art, Radio, Television, Adverts, Pornography, Theatre, Cinema
Part 9: Jargon, News Media, Journal Articles & Studies
Part 10: Archives & History, Books.


This is a general persons section. In additional there are sections below on transkids, trans and families, celebrities, show biz, political, sports, inmates, schools and universities, doctors, etc.



Alex was insulted and assaulted while in a bar in downtown Nairobi. With the help of Transgender, Education and Advocacy, he filed a complaint with the police, and the attacker was sentenced to 2 years in jail.

Juanita van Zyl, 36, harassed while attempting to change her papers.

Mieke, 26, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, has a YouTube channel.

Sisa Abu Daooh, has lived and worked as a man for 40 years. This was an open secret in Luxor, Egypt. Awarded prize as 'best mother' by President Sisi.

Sandile Ndelu, 22, Cape Town, postgraduate law student.

Tatenda Zenzo Karigambe, late 20s, Zimbabwe, a twin, chemical engineer, has spent $80k on transition and surgery. The Registrar-General officially gave her documentation as a female.

Police in Agadir, Morocco arrested 20 gay and trans persons, and charged them with “breach of public decency”.



Abby Stein, 24, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a dynastic Hasidic, in transition. More

Angelica Ross, 34, Washington DC, former performer, founding CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises.

Aiyyana Maracle, 65, on the Iroquois Six Nations reserve, artist and scholar, has returned to the reserve to live with her son and grandchildren.

Andrea Fernandez, 47, La Plata, Argentina, subjected to abuse while in hospital.

Anita Nishikawa and her husband, in Brasil's Federal District, were arrested for extorting money from sexual clients.

Ari Chivukula, software engineer at Facebook, added fill-in-blank option for gender.

Barbara Ann Berwick petitioned California Labor Commission for reimbursable expenses during her stint as an Uber driver, is looking for work as a consultant or as a CEO.

Brae Carnes, Victoria, BC, has posted photographs of herself in men's toilets, to protest an amendment to Canadian trans rights bill.

Brielle Harrison, ex-Facebook and Google, now working at Apple.

Brunner Valin, whore at age 14, widowed, HIV+, now lecturer at Diversity Centre, Cidade Universitária, São Paulo and remarried.

Buck Angel, 42, interviewed.

Caiden Fratangelo, transitioned successfully to male at all-female Chatham University, Pittsburgh.

Calpernia Addams interviewed.

Cassandra Cass, 37, had operations to look like Jessica Rabbit.

Cole Carman, 18, San Francisco, is freezing his eggs before surgery to become a man.

Diana Lombardi, Connecticut, transitioned at 59.

Dominique Jackson, from Tobago, now living in the Bronx, author of The Transsexual From Tobago.

Ethan Smith, 22, poet and activist, Boston, wrote poem/letter to girl that he used to be: “At 19 you started to fade. I tried to cross you out like a line in my memoir I wished I could erase completely. And maybe I'm misunderstanding the definition of death”.

Giana Lopez, 25, New Jersey, is planning to move to UK in hope of getting a NHS transition.

Gloria Halvorsen, 53, St John, ex-Navy, ex-husband, has transitioned.

Haley Carney intends to move to England to marry a woman she has met online, and become a UK citizen.

Jay Prior, life coach, profiled.

Jennicet Gutiérrez, interrupted LGBT right speech by President Obama, and was escorted from White House.

Jennifer Boylan, 10 years later.

Julianna Fialkowski, 25, Lynchburg, Virginia, provided a bed for a trans teen kicked out by his parents, was arrested, misgendered, $2,500 bail and $6,000 in legal fees.

Katella Dash, 38, Minneapolis, has spent $100,000 on various surgeries, appeared on Botched reality show, and want to enlarge her breasts from 38h to 38MMM, but doctors refuse in that it could kill her.

Kayden Coleman, 29, been transitioning for 10 years, found himself pregnant. He married his boyfriend.

Laura Rae, Winnipeg comic and Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival transitioned.

Liam Zarrillo, 23, and Ben Cathcart, 27, Winnipeg, have set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for their top surgery.

Lindsey Sachs, 30, Santa Rosa, California, struggles to get surgeries covered by insurance.

Lore Graham, Boston, identifying as neither male nor female, had double mastectomy and hysterectomy.

Loren, 28, Louisville, Kentucky, married and ex-US marine, in transition.

Marsha Morgan, San Clemente, California, ex US Navy, school-bus driver, in transition.

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy – profile

Nicoll Hernández-Polanco, Guatamalan asylum seeker in Arizona, in an all-male facility, and abused. Finally, after 6 months, given asylum in US.

Olympia Palomo Moreno, 26, president of the Colectivo por la Diversidad Sexual y Equidad de Género AC, and Betsy Santillán, beauty queen and stylist, both of Mexico City, had their name and gender entered in the City Civil registry.

Patricia Dawson, electrician, Hot Springs, Arizona, fired.

Rajee Narinesingh, Philadelphia, had chemical injected in her face in 2005, which resulted in disfigurement, has now been largely corrected by a plastic surgeon.

Sadaisha Shimmers, San Francisco, arrested, strip searched by male officers, and booked as male, despite being female on her California ID card.

Samantha Hulsey, San Francisco, suffered a transphobic attack in January, and another in November.

Sofia Vissa, has spend $100,000 on a brow lift, liposuction, breast implants, five rhinoplasties and gender surgery, appeared on Botched reality show.

Steph James, 50+, St Louis, after a 30-year marriage and 3 children, lost her job. Now working in home health care.

Sumayyah Dawud, Tempe, Arizona, transitioned 2011, converted to Islam 2013, now having gender questioned at the mosque.

Tess Graham, 64, Louisville, Kentucky, transitioned at 55, after 33 years of marriage and 2 children. Was thrown out of 3 churches.

Thomas Beatie, divorced, pleads guilty to disorderly conduct after accused of stalking ex-wife.

Tyqwon Eugenen Welch, who had $45,000 of facial feminization surgery from Dr Douglas Ousterhout, was dissatisfied by his work, and wanted a refund. She set fire to his house, 2650 Steiner St, San Francisco, which incidentally was featured in the film Mrs Doubtfire.



Health official: Amruta Alpesh Soni unable to get US visa because her Indian passport says gender=T, but US forms do not permit this option.

Bedi Keskin, 51, Armenian stone cutter Istanbul Grand Bazaar, continued in trade after sugery 21 years ago.

Deiniel, 22, Philippines, a Pinoy transman.

Fulande, of Shahpur, Ahmedabad, complained to police that rival hijras threw acid on her.

Joe Wong, Program Manager at Asia Pacific Transgender Network.

Kazuki Osawa, 26, and his wife are adopting a child. This will enable them to be entered on the Japanese family register even though they are not permitted to marry.

Mama Yuli, embarks on a national movement, lobbying for acceptance of warias in Indonesian society, and is featured in an Australian television documentary.

Sechil, 40, Istanbul, had the 10,000 lira needed to transition.

Tang/Black Rose met men online, drugged and robbed them.

Thanradaporn, Bangkok, in news after her feminised breasts touched by monk, says that okay because she was born male.

Shivy, 19, taken from US college by parents and returned to India, was granted protection by Delhi High Court. More

Li Xiongjin, Guangdong, attempted self-castration three years ago. Appeared on reality show U Beauty, and now her surgery will be paid. More

Yiscah Smith, 63, Jerusalem, husband and father of six, now trans activist but still Hassidic. Author of Forty Years in the Wilderness: My Journey to Authentic Living.

Trans Tamils in Malaysia in fear after YouTube video, calling for them, and those who walk with them, to be beaten on the street, went viral. 21 more trans women arrested.



Annie Wallace's own life inspired Julie Hesmondhalgh who played Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street.

Alessandra Bernaroli (previously Alessandro) married Alessandra in 2005. The husband transitioned in 2009, and changed her gender on legal documents. The civil registry authorities later informed the couple that their marriage has been nullified. The Bernarolis wished to stay married, and appealed to the Supreme Court which ruled that they could not be made to divorce against their will, and the marriage remains valid until a civil union law is passed by parliament.

Anne Stewart, 47, Perth, ex-Army, bus driver.

Cal Fox, 25, from Liverpool, did drag for 6th-form party, felt more normal, worked as a drag performer, and now starting transition.

Charli Darling, 38, Salford, Manchester, grew breasts at 13. Is also XXY.

Chelsea Attonly, 30, MtFtMtF has now decided to stay with female.

Chris Sutton, whose brother Stephen raised ₤5 million while fighting incurable cancer, is openly genderqueer, and collected Stephen's awards and was on television.

Danielle Gormley, now 31, served in Royal Medical Corp at age 17, and later was a bus driver. After doing drag for a stag do, decided was trans, and is now working as a magician and awaiting surgery.

Ebony Lewis, 30, 6'7” (2.01m) from Jamaica, now in Chatham, Kent, had NHS surgery 2014.

Fay Purdham married a childhood friend.

Finlay Games and Drew Bushnell, Glasgow, both became men, and are to marry.

J, a UK Charedi trans woman is profiled in The Jewish Chronicle.

Jack Monroe, food journalist, who blogged as A Girl Called Jack, announced that is transgender.

Jane Fae discusses her early years, on IOS Rainbow List for 3rd year running.

Joe Holliday, born without a penis, raised as a girl, now reclaimed his masculinity, published autobiography.

Jeanette Solstad Remo, 61, Oslo, ex-navy, adopted by Amnesty. Her case has led to proposed change in Norwegian law.

Julie Clarke, Hebrides, shortlisted for Role Model of the Year at the Icon Awards.

Kasey Hildreth crowd-funding for top surgery, as did Erik Ly.

Kay Browning, 25, Devon, has had top surgery, but will go no further until he is a mother.

Kirone McCaffrey, 26, Dagenham, warehouse worker.

Lydia Foy awarded European Citizens Prize. After nomination by Sinn Féin MEPs.

Marie-Pierre Pruvot/Bambi, 79, received l’Ordre du Mérite. Interview.

Mark McDonagh, 54, Edinburgh, pub manager and ex-Hell's Angel rocker, began transition after dying wife urged her to be herself.

Michelle Pindar, 57, Hull, ex-builder now owns a beauty salon.

Parma Bertoli, who has less than 12 months to live, Worcester, wishes to marry Stephanie, also trans, and Malvin Hobbs, who runs an events company is organising, despite hate messages.

Rihanna Cooper, 21, Hull, accepted on surgery path at 16, then decided to be a boy and stopped treatment. Now wants to be a woman again. This time has to pay for treatment.

Ridley Middlemore, 16, is freezing his eggs before surgery to become a man.

Ri Ri Fox, 28, ex Royal Navy, in transition.

Roxy Cuthbertson, 63, married 3 times lorry driver, in transition.

Roxy Roberts, 50, former bodyguard, had transitioned and connected to autistic son.

Sandra MacDougall, 63, Glasgow, has been stripped of her pension in that she never applied for a Gender Recognition Certificate, and must now wait until the male retirement age.

Sue Pascoe, previously Master of the Hunt in North Yorkshire, had surgery with Dr Narendra Kaushik in Delhi.

Summer Mendes, 43, Glasgow, psychic medium.

Suryani, fled Malaysia after 5 friends were murdered, but as they were not registered as trans, it is not officially a hate crime and Denmark is denying asylum.

Susan Bond, 56, Doncaster, frustrated at long wait for surgery, fired a BB gun at a parked car.
Tiffany-Rose Davies was set to marry a Dubai property developer who would pay for her surgery. She got death threats after being featured in the Daily Mail, and later found that he was already married with children.

An asylum seeker was granted protection and recognition of her gender in Malta.



Jasmin Taylor-Scott, 42, Queensland, mining-camp chef, supported by co-workers.

Mary Haddock-Staniland, New Zealand, and her identical-twin brother.
Pindi Stevens, Sydney, vilified by her ex-friend, ex-drag queen neighbour, after homophobic comments from Stevens..

Stephanie McCarthy, 43 year-old punk singer, bashed by a group of men at Town Hall Hotel, Sydney.

Tina Healy's mother has dementia, and Tina has to repeatedly come out with her as she does not remember, although she is always accepting.

Trudi Morrison-Gardine, from Ontario, now in Brisbane, IT specialist. Co-founder of Trans-IT Support.

Taylor, 47, Melbourne, member of Seahorse


Australian, mid 30s, felt like a girl since 4-years old, on female hormones and had breast implants, changed mind after 45-minute epileptic seizure.

Joel Nowak's blog Retransition

  • Blood and Visions: Womyn Reconciling with Being Female. Autotomous Womyn's Press, 2015.

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