When researching social history from past centuries, Dr. Jen Manion came across a recurring theme: female husbands. Manion’s book shines light this often forgotten part of queer and trans history.
When Janae Marie Kroczaleski, aka Kroc, came out as a transgender athlete, she thought it might be the end of her powerlifting career. Instead, it opened new doors and opportunities.
Kathryn Gonzales delayed her transition since she didn’t fit the typical trans narrative. Over time, she found herself and is now devoted to helping LGBTQIA youth thrive.
Aneesh Sheth grew up never seeing anyone like her on TV. She became an actor, and after transitioning, she now works to increase transgender representation in media.
Kristin Beck came out as transgender after 20 years of serving as an elite Navy SEAL. It wasn’t received well. She’s now an activist and speaker who works hard to break gender stereotypes and help heal PTSD.
Thomas Cole struggled with his gender identity and turned to Instagram for community and inspiration. After transitioning, he’s now a popular figure in the trans community who provides hope and inspiration to others.
Trans writer Samantha Allen took a road trip across several red states, and the result is her incredible book “Real Queer America” about LGBTQ culture in the most unexpected places.
Matthew felt scared and alone, until one day a friend showed him a YouTube video of a trans man that finally put his feelings into words. Now he works to promote trans visibility to help others.
After receiving an HIV diagnosis, Jamie Zapata turned her life around and became a Realtor. Now she’s an advocate for the LGBTQ community and is fighting for housing equality.
A trans man, author, speaker, and consultant, Ryan Sallans works tirelessly to educate schools and businesses on the trans community and their needs. He also works with the Jim Collins Foundation to help the trans community access surgeries.