Earlier today, the 2014 Trans 100 list was made available to the public for the first time. First announced at a Chicago event March 30, the list highlights the work of trans activists, writers, media personalities, filmmakers, musicians, athletes, lawyers, doctors, and a host of other careers.
"I wish to reiterate again that the Trans 100 is not a 'Top 100,' 'Best Of,' or even the result of straight voting by the public or volunteers," Trans 100 codirector Jen Richards writes in the list's foreward. "It is an intentionally curated list of out trans people who are working on trans issues in the United States and having a positive impact. We do not claim to be anyhing more than this."
The list was compiled by a collection of anonymous trans curators charged with the task of evaluating names received through a public nomination process. Honorees are selected on the basis of "doing work that has daily life impact in the service to the Trans Community, with special focus on the areas of ostracism elimination, stigma reduction, poverty reduction, furthering the social and economic development of the Trans Community, and building infrastructure within the Trans Community.
Among those honored include household names like Matrix writer/director Lana Wachowski, Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, RuPaul's Drag Race alum Carmen Carrera, activist CeCe McDonald, and mixed martial arts athletle Fallon Fox. Additionally, the list highlights the work of lesser-known individuals like filmmaker Tobi Hill-Meyer, youth outreach activist Precious Davis, GLAAD media strategist Tiq Milan, trans military advocate Brynn Tannehill, TransWorks coordinator Angelica Ross, and Original Plumbing founding editor Amos Mac, among many others.
The complete list can be downloaded at the Trans 100 website.
Full disclosure: The writer of this piece, Parker Marie Molloy, was also among those named to the 2014 Trans 100. Molloy freelances for The Advocate as the outlet's trans issues correspondent.