People who decide to change their gender challenge nature and fight with society for the right to self-identification. But those who entered this list went even further. These transgenders risked not only for themselves, they went out to fight openly for others.

 

Nikki Sinclaire

 

Nikki Sinclaire became a British parliamentarian in 2009, but revealed the truth about her gender identity only in 2013. That year she published autobiography Never give up. Nikki has gone through the tough time when she understood her real gender identity, but was not allowed to undergo a sex-change surgery until the age of 21. She came woman at 23, but her self-identification challenges were not over. Sinclaire suspected her attraction to women, when the violent rape made her sure that she was a Lesbian. However, the woman does not use her differences in her political career and does not seek to become an icon for the minorities, being a representative of the United Kingdom in the European Parliament.

Aya Kamikawa

aya

The hardships of the official acceptance of gender identity are not alien to Japan as well. Here people are allowed to change sex, but firstly, they must be officially diagnosed with GID, gender identity disorder. In 2003 the Japanese government approved that was named Law Concerning Special Cases in Handling Gender for People With Gender Identity Disorder, more commonly known as the Gender Identity Disorder Law. This Act fixed that person’s desire to change biological sex is a mental illness.

Entering the Japanese political race, transgender Aya Kamikawa left the graph ‘’sex’’ on the candidate’s letterhead empty. The government representatives have officially stated that they would regard her as a male. In turn, being twice elected, Aya devoted her influence to improving conditions not only for minorities, but also for women, children and disabled people. She has remained the only transgender in the political field of Japan for ten years (until the 2017 elections).

Anna Grodzka

Anna-Grodzka

2011 was a turning point for Poland, marked by fundamental changes in the social policy of the Catholic country. Then for the first time the transgender and gay, representatives of a progressive party, have come to the power in the Seim. In 2013, Anna posed herself as the world’s only transgender MP,  assuming responsibility for upholding the rights of this minority group. The politician stressed that even inside the LGBT community transgenders are subject to discrimination.  «The challenge for transgender people is to ensure our rights are included in this wider shift, and that we become visible for the right reasons,’’ Grodzka said.

Shabnam Mausi

It is not a secret that India due to its caste system is a fertile one for discrimination. The caste hijras, which unites representatives of the so-called “third gender”, is one of the lowest, ‘untouchable’. Since their official recognition in 2014, they have announced their political claims in India. Now hijras have a fighter. Getting rid of stereotypes of dancers and prostitutes, the eunuch Shabnam Mausi became a member of the Legislative Assembly and worked hard toward the solution of such social problems as poverty, unemployment, hunger. Although she is no longer in public office, Shabnam Mausi still collaborates with activists, popularizing the issue of AIDS/HIV .

Georgina Beyer

Georgina’s life is like a minefield, on which she had to fight more than once. Childhood amongst ethnic Maori, teenage performances on the travesty scene, drugs, prostitution, rape… Having a sex switch in 1984, she tried herself as an actress, playwright, radio presenter. Despite the shadows of her past, Georgina went from a member of the local authority for the secondary education of a small conservative town to the first open transgender in the Parliament of New Zealand. She never hid from her voters who she was, but never campaigned on this diversity ticket.

Being repeatedly reelected, the MP fought for the rights of sexual minorities, the resolution of same-sex marriages, the elimination of gender discrimination. In the end, she had to fight for her right to live, when heart problems did not allow her to be on a waiting list for a kidney transplant.

Geraldine Roman

Geraldine-Roman

Roman’s history deserves special pride, as she managed to achieve political influence in one of the most trans-phobic countries in the world. Due to the Philippines’ obsession with religiosity, the prohibitions on divorce and abortion are still valid. The position of the LGBT community, which has constantly been accused of immorality, is lamentable.

Being the first transgender in the Congress, Geraldine can be posed as a real soldier who from school times remained strong and confident in the face of bullying. “Gender only becomes an issue when you try to keep it a secret. I’m so happy so why should I be ashamed?” Roman declared during her election campaign in 2016.

Tamara Adrián

Tamara Adrian

Another miraculous fighter in the world politics is Tamara Adrian. Last year she became the first transgender in the National Assembly of Venezuela and the second influencing politician from minorities in the whole Latin America. Why is her election a miracle? Just imagine that her masculine name is still preserved in official documents. In the country it is forbidden to change it, as well as sex.

Now Tamara is fighting for the rights of transgender people in the country where this minority group is often forced to satisfy basic needs like food supplies in the black market. Why? Because the official biometric system refuses their identity.

“In most cases, minority groups are segregated and discriminated against. When you become the face of a fight against such segregation and advocate equal rights, you are entrusted with a huge responsibility,”  Tamara said.

Luisa Revilla Urcia

Another South Peruvian country, sinking in homophobia and transphobia, was Peru. The conditions of existence, not life, of transgenders are similar here to those in Venezuela. When Revilla came to power, she promised that she would fight discrimination.  «I am going to promote equality and I will say no to discrimination,” she said. “We want everyone to have equal access, to succeed and to achieve their goals. When there is no discrimination, there is pacification.”

Michelle Suárez

Michelle Suarez

Suárez is an outstanding example of a person who changed the sex in the country of South America. Michelle broke the system when she graduated from university and became a certified lawyer. It was Suárez who initiated a bill allowing an equal marriage in Uruguay, which was approved in 2013. In 2014, Michelle became the first transgender in the whole of Latin America that took up a political post. She actively participates in the LGBT organizations.

In addition, Suarez is a body activist. Being ridiculed because of her excess weight, she seeks to combat prejudices and the stereotype that a woman must be lean at the legislative level. Also, Suárez wrote a book that called for the guarantee of rights to people of any sexual or gender identity.

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