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Quotes about the transgender experience that will make your queer heart soar

Robyn Exton

May 25, 2023

Quotes about the transgender experience that will make your queer heart soar

Get ready to embark on a journey through the rich tapestry of the transgender experience, where triumphs, challenges, and unwavering resilience converge. These empowering words, spoken by influential trans individuals and our queer friends from social media, will inspire and ignite the flame of authenticity within you, and some will definitely make you chuckle. Whether you identify as trans, are an ally, or simply seek a deeper understanding, these quotes are here to elevate your spirit and celebrate the vibrant diversity of our community.

Use any of these quotes as inspo for journaling, your next Instagram caption, a pride parade poster, or even for your senior yearbook!

Inspirational quotes by your favorite trans celebrities

Hold on to your rainbow hats as we dive into the awe-inspiring world of our beloved trans celebrities. These fabulous trailblazers have captured our hearts with their unapologetic authenticity and fierce determination to break down barriers. Brace yourself for a rollercoaster ride of inspiration as we bask in the brilliance of their words and let their radiant spirits guide us towards self-acceptance and empowerment.

Hari Nef, the rising star

“There isn’t a trans moment. It’s just a presence where there was an absence. We deserve so much more.”

Source: Aerie

This trans icon is a stunning model, actress, and writer. Breaking barriers left and right, she became the first openly transgender woman signed by a major modeling agency. With her killer style and unapologetic attitude, Hari is making waves in the industry and representing her trans community like a true boss-babe!

Our beloved queen Laverne Cox 

“We are not what other people say we are. We are who we know ourselves to be, and we are what we love.”

Source: TIME

This sensational actress has set the screen on fire with her unforgettable portrayal of Sophia Burset in “Orange Is the New Black.” But Laverne isn’t just about acting — she’s a fierce advocate for transgender rights. With her empowering speeches and unapologetic attitude, she’s become a beacon of strength and resilience for the LGBTQIA+ community. Laverne is proof that you can slay the red carpet and slay the patriarchy at the same time!

The ever-iconic Jonathan Van Ness

“I don’t want to waste any of my life not being who I am.” 

Source: The Kit

Get ready for a fabulous explosion of talent with the one and only Jonathan Van Ness! Known for their fabulous hair and infectious energy, JVN is a style icon. But they’re not just about serving looks—they’re also nonbinary and proud! With their larger-than-life personality, Jonathan has become a cherished figure in the queer community, spreading love, acceptance, and a lot of glitter. They’re a shining example of embracing your true self and letting your fabulousness shine bright!

The passionate writer, Juno Dawson

“Remember this, whoever you are, however you are, you are equally valid, equally justified, and equally beautiful.”

Source: ABC

This British author is serving up captivating stories that explore the diverse experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community. With her words, Juno takes us on a wild journey through the depths of gender identity, mental health, and everything in between. She’s like a literary superhero, fighting for representation and ensuring trans people’s voices are heard loud and proud!

The hyper-talented Elliot Page

“The more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I thrive.” 

Source: GMA 

From their breakout role in “Juno” to their mind-bending performances in “Inception,” Elliot has captivated audiences with their raw talent. And guess what? He’s also proudly trans! Elliot’s bravery and authenticity have ignited conversations around the importance of visibility and acceptance in Hollywood and society. They’re a true inspiration, showing us that being true to yourself is the key to a standing ovation in life!

Mother of Pride herself: Marsha P. Johnson

“I don’t know what I am if I’m not a woman.” 

Source: CNN

More than a celeb, and icon, a legend and the moment, she was, and is a hero. This vibrant and powerful trailblazer played a pivotal role in the legendary Stonewall uprising, throwing the first brick. With her colorful personality and unwavering dedication to justice, Marsha fought for the rights of queer individuals and people of color. She was a true historical icon who continues to inspire us to stand up, speak out, and dance in the face of adversity. Long live the queen of pride!

Category is: Funny sayings about being trans

Laughter has always been our secret weapon, and these witty and relatable sayings will have you giggling, snorting, and embracing the quirks and joys of the transgender experience. Let’s remind ourselves that laughter is the best medicine with our picks from the best jokes on Twitter, Reddit, and more!

Maybe it’s time to open a savings account, @lynxyan

“Why is being trans so expensive?? because everything we do is a trans-action

Getting into the Holiday spirit!

“If you take the cis out of Christmas, you get hrtmas

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Wise words from @SquireOfGeekdom

“Because I use they/them pronouns, everything I say instantly becomes folk wisdom: ‘You know what they say…’

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There are people who don’t choose their own names???
“Lol nice name, did ur mom pick it out for you!?”
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We totally respect its hilarity, @RoseOfWindsong!

“This is a transgender joke. That means you have to treat the joke like it’s funny because that’s how it identifies.”

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Gender Dysphoria vs. Gender Euphoria

These terms encapsulate the rollercoaster ride of emotions trans people experience as they navigate their gender identities. Through these thought-provoking quotes, we delve into the depths of self-discovery, shedding light on the transformative power of embracing our true selves and finding moments of sheer bliss amidst the challenges.

Words from non-binary photographer Salgu Wissmath

As a Korean-American and non-binary photojournalist from Sacramento, CA, Wissmath uses their lens to see the beauty in everyday life, including a truly outstanding— yet intimate, photography collection that compiles the experiences of many trans folks and what gender dysphoria means to them. 

“Gender dysphoria is sorely misunderstood by society. It allows [trans people] to come to understand their own identity.”

Source: NPR

“[Gender dysphoria is] kind of like one of those movies where somebody wakes up, and they’re still experiencing life, and they think it’s like everybody else, but then they go outside, and they’re invisible.”

—Jay. Participant in Wissmath’s photography project.

Anannya Krishnan on TEDxNapierBridgeWomen

“I believed that there was nothing much I can about how different I felt so I gradually realized about my gender dysphoria and how my brain functions differently, […] so I decided to undergo transition and also… it is not simply about clothing or a feminine name, it is a net sense of ‘me,’ so I want to be true to myself.”

Anannya Krishnan was a remarkable individual whose life, unfortunately, ended too soon, but her contributions to transgender advocacy and her courage to live authentically, continue to inspire others. Her resilient story serves as a poignant reminder of the urgent need for greater understanding, acceptance, and support for trans individuals in society.

From Laura Kate Dale’s book ‘Gender Euphoria’

“Gender is a figment of consciousness, and I’m free to conceive of my role however I want.”

Source: PinkNews

This gaming journalism sensation is taking the industry by storm as an author and podcaster. With her expert knowledge and unapologetic passion, she’s rewriting the rules and breaking down barriers in the gaming world. As an advocate for LGBTQIA+ representation and inclusivity, Laura Kate is a fierce champion for change. Her powerful voice and personal experiences inspire gamers everywhere to embrace diversity and create a more inclusive gaming landscape. Get your controllers ready because Miss Dale is here to slay!

Expert Andres Cazares from NYU Langone Health talks from his perspective

“[Gender euphoria means] being aligned in your body and feeling comfortable in your body […] It’s a feeling of deep joy and excitement.”

NYU Langone’s Transgender Health Department offers compassionate and comprehensive transgender and nonbinary care at the heart of everything they do. From surgical care and hormone therapy to rehabilitation and support services, they prioritize the unique needs of each individual, empowering them on their healthcare journey.

Anti-TERF clap-backs we love

Not letting J.K. Rowling get away with transphobia

Joanne might be more famous for her transphobic remarks than her writing lately. We know she wrote your emotional support fantasy saga, but we can’t ignore the constant attacks against trans folks in the name of “feminism,” if we can call it that. 

“Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.”

—Daniel Radcliffe. Harry Potter himself.

Source: Vulture

“It doesn’t necessarily matter what Ms. Rowling thinks about trans people or what Mr. Sedaris thinks about the word queer. What we need to hear are the voices of transgender people.”

—Charles Yale. Opinion letter to the New York Times.

The best comebacks to deal with transphobes

“Is that your manager’s opinion, too? Let’s ask them.” 

—MountainAltruistic69 on Reddit.

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—Transxperience on Reddit.
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—Multiple users on Reddit advising just to ignore them.

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Transgender Day of Visibility, Activism, and Support

Extraordinary trans youth activist Sage Dolan-Sandrino

“Trans people are extraordinary, strong, intelligent, persistent and resilient. We have to be. And we will not stand for the picking and choosing of rights. We still have hope.”

Source: INTO

Be inspired by the incredible journey of a trans youth activist and media powerhouse. From being the first trans youth journalist for Teen Vogue to serving as a teen ambassador to the White House, Sage’s impact is undeniable. She’s currently the protagonist of Brie Larson’s “Growing Up” on Disney+, so if you want to learn more about her, check it out!

Non-binary student and activist Oli Fitzsimmons

“Visibility is so important. Whether through people living authentically, education or media representation amongst other forms, visibility is a reminder to people of our existence.”

Source: Liverpool John Moores University

In a world where progress is measured by our ability to uplift marginalized communities, listening to trans youth becomes imperative. Their voices are filled with resilience, courage, and an unwavering desire for acceptance. By lending an ear to their stories, concerns, and dreams, we empower them to shape a world that celebrates and embraces gender diversity

Pedro Pascal is a supportive sweetheart to his sister, Lux

“I wouldn’t want to speak on her behalf, but she is and has always been one of the most powerful people and personalities I’ve ever known. My protective side is lethal, but I need her more than she needs me.”

Source: MEAWW

These siblings share a unique and profound connection beyond the typical sibling bond. Since Lux came out, she has found unwavering love, support, and acceptance from her brother Pedro. Their relationship is a testament to the power of familial love and demonstrates how important it is for trans folks to have that support. Pedro’s commitment to being an ally and champion for Lux showcases the transformative impact that acceptance and understanding can have within a family. 

As we come to the end of this epic adventure through quotes about the transgender experience, let’s take a moment to savor the fabulousness in this community. These quotes have been glitter bombs of inspiration, reminding us to embrace our true selves and embrace every color of the rainbow. 

So, keep strutting your stuff and let your queer hearts soar above the clouds. Together, we’ll continue to fight for equality, spread love like confetti, and dance our way to a future where every trans individual can live their truth with pride and joy.

Robyn Exton

Robyn is the CEO & Founder of HER. Find her on Twitter.

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