The Trans 100 and International Transgender Visibility Day


Gloria Allen and Janet Mock

By: Mallorie DeRiggi

The 2nd Annual Trans 100 was held on Sunday, March 30 at Mayne Stage in Chicago featured by Orange is the New Black’s Laverne Cox serving as one of the night’s keynote speakers. The 2014 list features 100 trans and gender non-conforming people accomplishing positive work nationwide.

It was broadcasted live via webcast and it generated watching parties all across the country. The Trans 100 has become one of the leading events to honor the accomplishments of transgender people. The momentum and affirmations felt by many from the night’s speeches and performances served to provide courage and support for those seeking to speak out on International Transgender Visibility Day which was on Monday. International Transgender Visibility Day aims to bring attention to the accomplishment of transgender people around the world.

The event was a special evening and the level of emotion and joy felt in the audience truly reflected how big this event has become over the course of two years. It met everybody’s expectations and I fully predict that the event will grow even larger in size over the upcoming year.

Transgender advocates Jen Richards and Asher Kolieboi announced the 2014 Trans 100 (U.S.), the second annual overview of the breadth and diversity of work being done in, by, and for the transgender community across the United States. The 2014 Trans 100 was presented at the Trans 100 Live Event which was produced and hosted by trans advocate and artist Angelica Ross, and sponsored by Chicago House, Lambda Legal, and GLAAD.

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The list began in 2013 as an idea by This Is H.O.W. Executive Director Antonia D’orsay, then developed in partnership with Jen Richards of We Happy Trans. Last year’s Trans 100 included leaders in the community such as Janet Mock, Laverne Cox, Kylar Broadus, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Monica Roberts, Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler, and many more, and was featured in media including BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, and Autostraddle.

“It was an honor to work our incredibly bright and passionate curators as we collectively learned about and debated an astonishingly diverse collection of transgender and gender-non conforming leaders working to create change in their community through arts, education, and advocacy,” said Asher Kolieboi, 2014 Co-Director of the Trans 100.

The event featured guest speakers Laverne Cox, advocate and star of Orange Is the New Black, and Kye Allums, trans advocate and founder of Project I Am Enough, and performances by rapper Kaycee Ortiz, singer Eli Krell, a Chicago showgirls revue, and more.


Jen Richards and Precious Davis

“With this second iteration of the Trans 100 and Live Event, as well as our commitment to featuring an entirely new class of honorees, we had one simple goal: to demonstrate, publicly and unequivocally, that we have only begun to glimpse the talent, dedication, and spirit represented by our transgender colleagues, neighbors, friends, and family,” said Jen Richards, Director of the Trans 100.

Official press from the event credited to one of The Trans 100’s official sponsors, GLAAD.

About GLAAD: GLAAD amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. For more information, please visit or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.


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