40 People Who Show 2014 Was a Year for Breaking Gender Rules

Ask anyone in LGBT media and they’ll you: Trans visibility is on the upswing in a huge way. Last year The Advocate established a dedicated Transgender channel on this site to better capture how much was and still is going on in the lives and art of trans movers and shakers. The result has been powerful.

Daily accounts of local or national political gains, achievements in arts or sports, and simple, sweet stories of pride and everyday family love have poured in throughout the year. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the most bold, heartwarming, and eye-opening accomplishments from trans and gender-nonconforming people in 2014.

While there has also been an equal number of stories of tragedy — particularly in the ongoing epidemic of violence against trans women of color in the U.S. and worldwide — we’ve focused here on the increasing positive presence of trans people’s stories being told to an ever-larger public audience. Celebrating and elevating the lives of trans people is just one part of creating a world where antritrans violence is altogether eradictated.

To read on to learn about some of our heroes, please click here: the activists, artists, journalists, and everyday men and women who made 2014 one of the best years yet for trans visibility and equality.

Source: The Advocate, “40 People Who Show 2014 Was a Year for Breaking Gender Rules,” By Mitch Kellaway, December 15, 2014 6:00 AM ET

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