Someone’s decision to change their gender is very complex for many people to wrap their heads around. It raises a host of questions.
But for those whose internal gender identity does not match the sex they were assigned at birth, they feel imprisoned in a body that’s not their own. They feel insecure about their bodies, and are sick of living a lie, of not being happy and fulfilled.
Despite the stigma surrounding the transgender community, after much soul-searching, countless people have chosen to take on the journey to reinvent themselves. A 2011 report from the Williams Institute estimates that there are nearly 700,000 transgender people in the US.
For a female who identifies as male, this transition can include a number of options, including hormone replacement therapy (HRT), top surgery (having their breasts removed), or sex reassignment surgery. FTM is shorthand for transitioning from “female to male.”
The brave souls featured in the pictures below were all born female, but now identify as hot men.
Rocco Kayiatos, also known as Katastrophe, is credited with being the first openly transgender singer in hip hop.
Aydian Dowling came out as a lesbian when he was a teenager before identifying as transgender. He is an activist for the transgender community and entrepreneur.
In 1980, Balian Bushbaum was born as Yvonne. In 2008, the former German pole vaulter changed his name and underwent gender reassignment surgery.
Buck Angel is an icon in the LGBT community. Before transitioning, he lived for years as a female model.
Ian Harvie is an American stand-up comedian and well-known figure on the LGBT pop culture scene.
Kieran Moloney, born as a female named Ciara, had a double mastectomy at 20.
Ryan Sallans was born as Kimberly Ann Sallans, and is now a public speaker who travels around the country to educate people about transgender issues.
Thomas Beatie lived his life as a woman until his mid-twenties, when he began hormone replacement therapy. He later gained international attention for getting pregnant. Since his wife couldn’t conceive, he chose to keep his female sex organs so they could start a family.
Via First To Know