The Trans 100

We Happy Trans is thrilled to partner with This is HOW for the launch of the Trans 100.

This will be a list of 100 trans activists currently working in the U.S. to improve the conditions of the community and the lives of those in it.

We are now looking for nominations, particularly persons of color, those working quietly behind the scenes, and the otherwise unsung heroes. All the nominees will be listed for a 2nd round of community voting, with the final 100 list published early in the new year. The Trans 100 is not a contest: the list will be unranked, and the vote tally will not be publicized. It is intended to applaud the hard work of those in our community, and as a resource to showcase the breadth, depth and diversity of our activism.

UPDATE (JANUARY 1ST, 2013): Nominations are now CLOSED.

We will next contact all nominees for their permission to participate in the next round of public voting. The final list will be published on March 31, 2013, in conjunction with the International Transgender Day of Visibility.

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14 comments for “The Trans 100

  1. Jessica
    December 4, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I love this idea. I have a question though. You mention that the nominated person must be from the US (or, working within the US).

    Do you want nominations to only come from the US as well? As a Canadian, I just want to make sure I’m not causing any issues with your poll.

    Why only the US? I know a number of trans activists who should get a nod, who are not american. Morgan Page (in toronto), & Natalie Reed (in Vancouver) spring to mind immediately, though with a little time I’m sure I can come up with more (Paris Lees in the UK). Are you planning an international version afterward?

    Thanks for your time. I hope to hear from you soon :)

    • Jen
      December 4, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Jessica, voting is anonymous and open to all. As the two organizers are American, we felt it appropriate for us to focus on the U.S., at least for this first iteration. We hope others will replicate this effort in their own countries and communities, or we may look to partner with organizations in subsequent years. That being said, we are looking to supplement the publication of the Trans 100 with additional resources, including a list of prominent activists outside of the U.S. Thanks for writing, and for participating! Jen

  2. zander keig
    December 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    How will you be contacting the nominees, prior to posting the final list of 100? There is no space for email or phone number on the nomination form.

    • Jen
      December 5, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Zander, I was apprehensive about asking people to share someone else’s contact information, so we had anticipated doing the work of tracking down nominees ourselves. However, I’ve just added in optional fields for contact information for both the nominee or nominator, and we will keep all the information confidential. Where possible, I urge participants to seek the permission of the nominee before sharing their information.

      • zander keig
        December 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm


  3. lovinit
    December 5, 2012 at 2:06 am

    got love it! the VERY FIRST question is: why is it so u.s. centric. the next question you will get is: why doesn’t it also say gender queer people, why doesn’t it say disable people. why doesn’t it say poor people and so on and so forth. i’ll check back now and then because i’m sure someone will come up with someone you left out that i never would have thought of. nice thought though.

    • Jen
      December 5, 2012 at 11:38 am

      I understand the community’s desire for inclusivity! This is a first attempt, so we will keep it focused according to the current parameters, but hope to grow in the future.

  4. Michael Stewart
    December 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

    The nomination form is very poorly done. Since the form only asks for name, group, website, and location, how the heck is anyone supposed to know if they are a person of color or anything else? It does not ask for what they do, does not ask anything about the nominee at all. Actually, it does not even specify whether the requested information is about the nominee or the nominator. An unsung hero may not belong to an organization or school thereby does not have a URL so all you have is a random name and location, no way to know if they are Trans identified, don’t know if they are an actual person much less whether they are active in trying to improve Trans lives. Great idea, major fail in application.

    • Jen
      December 5, 2012 at 11:41 am

      We’re encouraging people to consider TPOC, but only the nominees themselves can confirm whether or not they identify as such. We had anticipated doing the research into all the nominees ourselves, their work, how they identify, etc., but based on feedback, we have added optional fields for contact information of both the nominator and nominee, as well as the reason for the nomination. Bear with us as we continue to modify this in response to dialogue with the community!

  5. Noah
    December 6, 2012 at 11:20 am

    This is such an important project, a crucial effort. I am looking forward to being able to publicly celebrate individuals who are using their lives as a launching pad for the well-being, empowerment, and educating of others within the community and outside of it.

    You all can rest assured that we, at WeHappyTrans will do our absolute best in awarding nominees with dignity, respect, and in true admiration and celebration of who they are and the work they are doing.

    We have seen how major media influences tarnishes the true effort of highlighting and celebrating trans folks of influence, but we know better and in turn will do better by our community. We are the community, so please place your trust in us!

    Your feedback is much appreciated! We need you guys to make this a success and to help us create an all-inclusive, well-rounded, properly represented list of pride and power.

  6. Jen
    December 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    There is now a Facebook Page specifically for The Trans 100. Please ‘like’ to keep up to date on news as we continue to develop this exciting project!

  7. Ziar` Covington
    December 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    The name Regina Wells say’s sooooooooo much for it self…………..

  8. Ziar` Covington
    December 10, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Chela has worked in the Los Angeles area for many year’s in the Trans community, as I have worked with her at G.L.A.S.S. / M.A.P. & Unique Woman Coll. and still she is working……….. she on face book under that name check her out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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