Decades before it became fashionable, there were trans-warriors that would not be denied their gender expression; they were beautiful, talented and famous. Some of that short list includes:
Alesha Brevard, who in the 1950s castrated herself because they hadn't perfected GRS (or SRS) yet. She went on to be a "B-film actress, and wrote the book "The woman I was not born to be." Of the book, Michael Musto of the Village Voice remarks "[What Brevard] finds is a society that punishes those who defy assigned gender roles because they upset the status quo. She uncovers a world that stigmatizes femmes and a gay community that's deeply ashamed of drag; a women's movement that generally leaves trannies behind and a transsexual community so anxious to blend in that it strives to erase all evidence of its maleness.
During the 1980s-2000s others claimed their fame, including Lauren Foster, Terri Toye, Dana International, Candis Cayne, Cassandra Cass, Isis King, Lea T, Lavern Cox, Jenna Talackova, Nina Poon, Jamie Clayton and Andre P. Some were involved in scandals like Jenny.
When I first came out and started my own personal exploration, it had quickly struck me how isolated and unorganized we were as a group, and often questioned Where Is The Voice? But today the voice is everywhere, its loud, its proud an unapologetic. I makes me happy to have witnessed this coming out of the shadows. For too long it was the masses that would define normal, and what is normal?
As we head into a new 2015 I can't wait to see what the future holds in store for us.