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26 Times Trans People Ruled In 2015

Like when Laverne Cox was Laverne Cox.

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1. When the movie Tangerine, starring two trans women of color, Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, premiered at Sundance and went on to receive great acclaim.

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2. When Transparent, associate-produced by and featuring trans people, won the Golden Globe Award for best comedy series.

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3. When trans hottie Aydian Dowling was a runner-up for the Men’s Fitness cover competiton of 2015.

4. When trans woman Leyth Jamal sued Saks Fifth Avenue for discrimination and got the retailer to back down on its position that trans people aren't covered by federal laws that ban discrimination based on sex. The case was eventually settled.

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5. When Laverne Cox was Laverne Cox.

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6. When Ryan Cassata called out American Idol for courting him as a contestant only after transgender became a hot-button topic.

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7. When Casey Plett's amazing short story collection, A Safe Girl To Love, won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Transgender Fiction.

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8. When Labannya Hijra, a third-gender person in Bangladesh, caught two murder suspects and earned respect for her community.

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9. When Caitlyn Jenner made the splashiest trans debut in the history of the planet, and possibly for all eternity.

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11. When trans people and allies successfully collected more than 100,000 signatures and got the White House to respond to a petition calling for an end to trans and gay conversion therapy following the death of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn.

12. When Jazz Jennings' show premiered on TLC and she continued her reign as the most famous transgender teenager in the world.

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13. When black trans women banded with Black Lives Matter to organize a National Day of Action on behalf of trans women of color.

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14. When Chelsea Manning decided to blog from prison, and reveal her feelings about being forced to wear her hair short.

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15. When agender poet and advocate Tyler Ford introduced Miley Cyrus at an AmFAR gala, then published a poem in Poetry, one of the most important poetry journals in the U.S.

16. When Kansas City, MO teen Landon Patterson became her high school's first trans homecoming queen.

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17. When Sarah McBride wrote so movingly about losing her husband at 24 and the Internet wept.

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18. When transgender high school junior Gavin Grimm sued his Virginia school district for the right to use the restroom that conforms to his gender.

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19. When Janet Mock got married in Hawaii and looked divine.

20. When the White House hired its first out transgender official, Raffi Freedman-Gurspan.

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21. When trans activists challenged the erasure of trans women and gender-nonconforming people of color in Robert Emmerich's Stonewall, which led to a boycott and greater awareness of the role of trans people in queer history.

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22. When trans journalist Thomas McBee took Vanity Fair to task for publishing a transgender special issue that did not have a single transgender writer.

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23. When trans guy Jaime Raines took a selfie of himself for three years and made us thirsty.

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24. When trans model and advocate Geena Rocero launched the Logo web series Beautiful As I Want To Be, featuring guest star Caitlyn Jenner in its first episode, to help young trans people feel better about themselves.

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25. When the trailer dropped for Happy Birthday, Marsha!, the trans-produced and trans-directed short film about legendary trans activist Marsha P. Johnson.

26. When Her Story, starring trans women Jen Richards and Angelica Ross, previewed at NewFest and everyone, including Laverne Cox, freaked out over how amazing it is. We can't wait until it premieres in 2016!

courtesy of Her Story