I feel it is extremely important to know about the people in our community who came before us. Throughout history trans people have made history by acting as activists, advocates, and just by being themselves in a world at that against them. This list is by no means complete but the point is to highlight some of the trans people who have made history for our community.
1) Frances Thompson: Frances was most likely the
first trans person to testify before a congressional committee in the US. In
1866 she was a victim of the Memphis Riot. The riot occurred when a group of
white men went into a neighbourhood where former slaves, such as Frances,
lived. They burned buildings and attacked the former slaves. It was on this
matter that she testified before the committee. Ten years later she was
arrested for “transvestism.”
2) Lucy Hicks Anderson: Lucy was born in 1886 and began living as a woman a young age. She was first married in 1929 and then attempted to get married again in 1944.However, in 1944 her marriage was denied and she was accused of perjury for saying that she was a woman. After then she became one of the first fighters for marriage equality in America.
3) Marsha “Pay it No Mind” Johnson: Marsha is most
known for being one of the leaders at the Stonewall Riot in 1969 however her
involvement in the LGBT community stretches beyond that. She was the co-founder
of S.T.A.R. which provided support and resources for homeless trans youth. She
was also heavily involved in the Gay Liberation Front. She fought for LGBT
rights and for people living with HIV and AIDS. She supported the community until her life was cut short in 1992 under suspicious circumstances.
4) Sylvia Rivera: Sylvia was also one of the
leaders at the Stonewall Riots. At only seventeen years old she co-founded S.T.A.R.
She was also a founder of the Gay Liberation Front. She spent a lot of time
advocating for trans people, drag queens, and other people who were not included
in the mainstream gay rights movement including fighting against the exclusion
of transgender people from the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act in New
York. She was an advocate for the community until her death in 2002.
5) Miss Major Griffin-Gracy: Miss Major was another
leader at the Stonewall Riots in 1969 and the community in New York at the
time. In the late 1970s she moved to San Diego and started grassroots movements
such as working with a food bank to serve trans women who were incarcerated,
struggling with addiction, or were homeless. During the AIDS epidemic she
provided people with healthcare and organized funerals often one or more a week. In 1990 she moved to
the San Francisco area where she worked with many HIV/AIDs organizations. In
2003 she began working at the Transgender GenderVariant Intersex Justice
Project where she works to help transgender women who have been imprisoned. She
continues to work as an activist to this day.
6) Hiromasa Ando: Hiromasa was a professional
speedboat racer in Japan and publically transitioned when he was given
permission to start competing as a male in 2002 becoming the first openly trans
person in the sport. He also is one of the first openly trans athletes in the world.
7) Aya Kamikawa: In 2003 Aya made history when she
became the first openly transgender person to be elected into office in Japan. She has also worked for the LGBT community both as a politician and before as a committee member for Trans-Net Japan.
8) Trudie Jackson: Trudie Jackson is a long-time
activist for the LGBT and Native American Communities. She has worked with the ASU Rainbow Coalition, the
Native American Student Organization, The National LGBTQ Task Force, and the Southwest
American Indian Rainbow Gathering. She has been the recipient of numerous
awards including the Equality Arizona Skip Schrader Spirit of Activism Award, one
of the 2013 Trans 100, and Echo Magazine’s 2013 Woman of the Year. She is a
huge advocate for the Native American trans community.
9) Kim Coco Iwamoto: When elected to the Hawaiian
Board of Education in 2006 she held the highest office of any openly trans
person in America. She served two terms on the Board of Education and is now a
commissioner on the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission.
10) Diego Sanchez: Sanchez was the first openly
trans person to hold a senior congressional staff position on Capitol Hill in
America when he was appointed by Barney Frank in 2008.
11) Kylar Broadas: Broadas is an attorney,
professor, and the first openly trans person to testify in front of the U.S.
Supreme Court when he spoke in support for the Employment Non-Discrimination
Act in 2012. In 2010 he founded the Trans People of Color Coalition.
12) Isis King: She became the first openly trans
person to be on America’s Next Top Model in 2008. Her openess and involvement in the show and involvement in the show attracted a lot of both negative and positive attention. She has continued to work as a model, role-model, and advocate for transgender people.
13) Blake Brockington: Blake first made headlines
when he became the first openly transgender high school homecoming king in
North Carolina. He was also an activist for the LGBT community, transgender youth and fought against police brutality. Sadly, Brockington lost his life at the
age of 18 in 2015 after committing suicide.
14) Diane Marie Rodriguez Zambrano: She has been a
human rights and LGBT rights activist in Ecuador for many years. In 2009 she
sued the Civil Registry to change her name and set precedent for other trans
people to be able to change their names. In 2013 she became the first openly
trans person, or LGBT person, in Ecuador to run for office.
15) Ruby Corado: She is an activist born in El
Salvador but living in America. She was involved in the Coalition to Clarify
the D.C. Human Rights Act which was changed the act to include gender identity
and expression. In 2012 she opened Casa Ruby which is the only bilingual and
multicultural LGBT organization in Washington, D.C. She has been working for
human rights for over 20 years.
I’m a hotel wedding planner who plans a wedding for my ex-husband second marriage. Due to some murder incidents, I must re-marry my ex-husband to save my hotel’s image. Things turn out okay in the end and we continue our marriage life happily.
I’m a genius who’s joining this weird quiz where the MC happens to be a freak who turns out to be my long lost childhood friend. But I always have a way to win and that freaky bastard is going to hell.
High School King
I had to live two identities due to my brother’s accident. Actually I’m still a high schooler but I have to substitute for my brother in his new office as a manager. I lost my dream to become a professional hockey player but got a much much older co-worker lady as my wife instead.
There’s a mysterious murder in my neighborhood, but who cares? Imma eat delicious food first. And the mysterious food blogger who I adore so much all these times is actually my neighbor and my soulmate.
The Surplus Princess
I was a modern mermaid who temporarily became a human to chase after my favorite chef oppa. In order to permanently stay as a human, I need to meet my true love. I thought it was the chef oppa, but turns out it was the unemployed oppa who saw me naked for the first time. Long story short, we live happily ever after.
Rushing a marriage when we’re young turns out ugly. After years of being divorced, we get to meet again at the same emergency unit as interns. Good ol’ memories keep flashing back and our dying love is revived again so we decided to get back together.
I witnessed a serial killer in action back then when I was a kid. I grew up and became a cop to catch that killer. I was confused with a serial killer copycat but in the end I succeed to catch the real killer. Turns out the killer is my co-worker who is also a cop.
Marriage, Not Dating
My parents forced me to get married even though I didn’t want to. To make them stop I’ll introduce this not-my-type girlfriend by contract. Later, I fall for her for real and as our love also becomes real, we continue to get married.
Plus Nine Boys
We are 3 lover brothers and an uncle with an age that has the unlucky number nine. But truthfully the thing that we are unlucky with is just love. We managed to go through all our love troubles and get our ladies. Maybe we will have to go through it again every 10 years.
I was an ex chess player who starts becoming an intern in a trading company. This is my ordinary journey as an everyday office worker that will touch your heart. In the end, I met the right boss and life is getting better.
The Three Musketeers
I am an ordinary man who becomes a warrior for the king after an accidental encounter with the crown prince and his secret night patrol team. Together we fight the bad guys in the government. My first love turned out to be the crown princess, but I’ve moved on.
My daughter was murdered in a mysterious case, so I form a special team that consists of 4 convicts to solve the case. I’m highly suspicious with one psycho in my special team. He might be the one who killed my precious daughter. Apparently I was just mistaken, coz the real killer is just another psychopathic prosecutor dude. Sorry, psycho. My bad.
Can We Love?
We are three ladies in our late 30s struggling for career, family and love life. We managed to overcome everything in the end. Really. Our emotional breakdowns are totally unnecessary.
Dreamingsnowflake’s Ultimate Asian Male Lead Ranking
As promised, I have done something I previously thought impossible and put together my favourite Asian Male Leads. However, suprisingly it wasn’t that difficult to pick the TOP10, though the standings are so damn close (except the number one).
All life-ruiners, every single one of them, so proceed with caution, especially if you are single because you just might end up being a spinster once you see this, You can pretty much deduce my favourite Asian female leads and OTPs (plus many others, but these would make the top of the list anyway, though I would have to make at least a TOP30) from them since they are almost identical, except the last one which would be up there if only the actress didn’t act like a 12 year-old to make up for her age. I didn’t include my second lead sydromes because they deserve a post of their own.
These characters own me and they all meet my sky-high expectations and requirements - dreamy, swoonworthy, broad shoulders, eyes that can melt you, men who would die for you,…
1) SEO JUNG HOO (Healer; Ji Chang Wook)
“The things I like: the sound of the camera shutter he makes. his big hands. smiling eyes. and big embraces.
Things I hate: anything and everything that keeps me away from the things I like.” - Chae Young Shin
HEALER-YAAAAAA! No one can ever beat Seo Jung Hoo EVER!
2) HUO QUBING WEI WU JI (Sound of the Desert, Eddie Peng)
It took 3 years before the Chinese censors allowed the adaptation of Da Mo Yao to air after changes to the title and names and during those 3 years Eddie Peng had to take all the hate from fans as not being good enough for HQB and how Huo Ge would have been such a better choice. Fast-foward to 2014-2015 and no one can imagine a more perfect Wei Wu Ji.
3) TAHWAN (Empress Ki, Ji Chang Wook)
THE PUPPY EMPEROR! The man who produced the most adorable baby in Kdramaland. Fascinating, brave, weak, loving, fucked-up,…doomed to be a second male lead by the writers, but the whole kdrama-viewing world fell in love with him, JCW’s inspired performance and his sizzling chemistry with HJW, that Tahwan defied the odds in the real world just like he did in the fictional world - he became the all-powerful Emperor who defeated all his enemies and protected his loved ones and finally won the love of the woman he loved above all else from the moment he met her. Hell, just before the drama premiered the writers published the book where Nyang tells Tahwan in his finally moments she never loved him but in the drama she proclaims her undying love for him - THAT AWESOME WAS HE! I MEAN I WATCHED AND RE-WATCHED 51 FREAKING EPISODES OF SAGEUK!!!
4) HOSHIKAWA TAKANE (From Five to Nine, Yamashita Tomohisa)
After 2 months of gushing over THE MONK WITH WHO WE FELL IN LOVE what can I add more - GIVE US THAT SPECIAL, FUJI TV, OR THE FANDOM WILL RIOT!
5) DO MIN JOON (My Love From Another Star, Kim Soo Hyun)
So alone and so perfect. It would be a noona romance if only the male lead wouldn’t be a 400+ years old alien. Kim Soo Hyun slays!
6) KAMIYA NAOKI (Buzzer Beat, Yamashita Tomohisa)
Probaly the most sane, normal, warm and real male lead from the bunch together with No.8.
7) LEE SUN JAE (Secret Love Affair, Yoo Ah In)
I’m a huge sucker for Noona and forbidden romances, so when I get a 20-year-old virgin piano prodigy in love with a 40-year-old married woman it’s Christmas for me.
8) LEE MIN SEOK (High School King, Seo In Guk)
My favourite high schooler!
9) LEE SOON (Jang Ok Jung, Yoo Ah In)
“Watch carefully! The sky is about to fall on you.” - Lee Soon
And so it did! YAI was born for sageuk! The King and the love of of his life who died for him. JOJ was pure fiction, a delicious historical romance novel. And still the best bed scene in Kdramaland, ironically considering it’s a sageuk.
10) GU JUN PYO (Boys Over Flowers, Lee Min Ho)
For me LMH’s the most raw and the best performance - I loved him in City Hunter and Faith but there was something special about GJP. For me he is the perfect Domyouji and that is against some strong competition.
Just below the TOP10: Male leads from City Hunter, Faith, Mary Stayed Out All Night, Kurosagi, Liar Game and You’re Beautiful
New Scaremester Mouscedes King. She seems the kind to be super casual dress, but really everything is tailored to fit exactly. She’s just all abt being comfortable. Plus she shares this space with monsters of all kinds, the last thing she’d want is to make anyone feel lowly abt their look. Or seem pretentious.
So! A friend of mine on FB asked me late last night for Korean drama recommendations. She’s never watched kdramas before, so without intending to I just vomited up brief feels, synopses, and titles for her from which to choose. These titles were only the ones that immediately came to mind off the top of my head. Seeing as how I assume some of you adorable follower-humans might enjoy kdramas too, I thought I’d share. Most likely you diehards (pun not intended) out there have already seen these, but here’s some dramas to throw in your face anyway! Since it’s my thing, I’m going to
go by genre; so all will have romance as either a main plot line or as a subplot. Brace yourself for the d'awws!
If you’re in the mood for a serious, beautiful, powerhouse of a drama with
adult themes (ie adultery but not really…long story), dreams and money, sacrificing
your true self for security to forsake happiness, and of COURSE sex and pianos,
then you need to watch Secret Love Affair. It is hot and intense and has an
open ended interpretation for a finale that will leave you stunned and happy.
I mean, damn, guys…come on just LOOK at this sexiness!
Plus it’s just a damn good drama all around. So watch it.
looking for something that walks the line between comedy and paranormal, you
NEED to see The Master’s Sun. Its heroine is an hilariously adorable girl who
can see ghosts, and the hero is a skeptic who, when the female lead touches,
makes poltergeists disappear. It’s probably one of the best dramas that
incorporates creepy horror with perfect comedy!
looking for something a bit different, you HAVE to watch Arang and the
Magistrate. Same concept as The Master’s Sun, except the female lead is dead
and a ghost, the setting is ancient Korea, and there’s gods, goddesses, action,
magic, and evil political dudes. Plus the male lead is hilariously apathetic,
and the female lead is a badass who kicks ass as a dead girl! It’s funny and
dark and heartfelt and will leave you with all of the heart eyes! Plus it has the cutest ending that ever cuted itself.
looking for something strictly comedy and a bit silly, with moments of
seriousness and more cute than you could shake a stick at, you need King of
High School. Take an 18 year old high school guy and make him pose as his older
brother as a prestigious CEO in a company that a dowdy, 30 year old over-looked
heroine works at and you talk about some of the CUTEST comedy you’ve ever
witnessed in your freakin’ life!
looking for something hella melodramatic and intense, go with Secret Love. Heroine is engaged to a guy who gets involved in a hit-and-run that kills a girl, and the heroine takes the fall for her fiance. Turns out
the victim was the pregnant girlfriend of the male lead. The drama explores the idea of falling in love with someone, even as you hate them. Suffice to say, IT IS
INTENSE, and a bit nuts of a drama, but it will leaving you feeling all of your
emotions and then some.
If you want
some time travel in your drama diet, go with Queen In Hyun’s Man. Hero is an
ancient Korean scholar who finds himself traveling to the future, where he meets the female lead, an aspiring actress who lands the role
of the Queen from our hero’s time period. Comedy, cuteness, angst, and
adorableness ensues. And smexy kisses. OH MY GOD THE SMEXY KISSES!
Keeping in the
same vain as the historical theme, Sungkyunkwan Scandal is adorable and
perfect! Set in ancient Korea, in order to protect her family our female lead
disguises herself as a boy to get into a university of sorts that only permits
men. Cue “male lead finds himself attracted to a boy despite him not being
gay” theme and much hilarious ensues. Ignoring the gay panic is a must,
but if you can it’s so entertaining and will leave you so damn amused!
And, last but
not least, keeping with the gay-panic theme, Coffee Prince. Coffee Prince is
probably one of the best kdramas ever, and it’s basically the same premise as
Sungkyunkwan Scandal; female lead lands a job in an all-male working environment
to support her family. The only real difference is that in Coffee Prince, our
heroine opens and closes the drama as a very tom boyish, masculine girl. She’s
never subscribed to gender roles, so it makes her character far more
interesting. There’s angst and cute and smexy kisses and great characters and everything you could ever want in a drama!