Dezjorn Gauthier

From male model, advocate, a member of the American Bar Association, CEO and founder of the upcoming Trans culture magazine ‘Black T’, Dezjorn Gauthier is proving that Trans men are more than a handsome face, and chiseled body. Along with those qualities, one can be an outstanding advocate, businessman, and supporter of his community.

With his mid-western work ethics, he has directed that energy towards the advancement and visibility of trans men of color. An advocate on behalf of all Trans people, he has worked diligently to help improve the lives of  Trans men. He has continuously taken on the daunting task, of improving the much needed awareness, and visibility of Trans men of color.

Our warriors of African, Latin, and Asian descent, are far too often placed on the back burner of visibility, even in our own community. It is due to this struggle that he has recently responded to the call of Trans people of color around the world, in creating ‘Black T Magazine’. A magazine that is sure to greatly further the much needed representation of  Trans people of color. This fight to level the playing field of representation within our community, and to foster unity among us, is why Dezjorn Gauthier is TMP’s Role Model for the month of February.

The 25 year old is a Milwaukee, WI native, and started his transition in April 2014 just shortly after he had appeared in the well known Barneys New York ad campaign. It also featured well known Trans personalities like Laith Ashley, Katie Hill, and Arin Andrews. The ad campaign was in some ways his coming out, as his first work as a Trans man. He first started modeling at the ripe old age of six months old, for top children’s brands around the nation, and has won several national titles. He was also, part of the first modeling agency for Transgender people.
 

While serving as Student Ambassador, he was also being featured internationally in many articles and modeling shoots. In 2016,  Dezjorn was featured in the series ‘America in Transition’, by Andre Perez. As a model he also earned his degree in Criminology, Law Studies, and Sociology from Marquette University in 2013. He earned his paralegal diploma, and member of the American Bar Association, while attending Washington University School of Law. At his home in Milwaukee, he teaches a high school level law course, allowing students to learn more about the justice system, United States Constitution, and understand policies.

Even while furthering his education, modeling, advocating for Trans men; he has also started his own business, to effectively bring awareness to the transgender community, with special focus on Trans males and Trans men of color; through education, empowerment and inspiration. His business hosts an annual surgery fund, laptop scholarship, FtM essentials donation programs and mentoring. Gauthier, is also the founder of ‘The Dorothy J. Carr Fund’, and has worked as the V.P.  of  ‘Point Of Pride‘. His latest creation, ‘Black T Magazine’, is destined to change the landscape among representation  for Trans people of color; show the diversity in our community, unite and inspire young Trans men of color around the world that their lives matter, and are valid.

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Meggan Sommerville

Living in the aftermath of the Leelah Alcorn’s suicide and being a transgender Christian, I’ve noticed a lot of anger towards Christians. I’ve had a transgender roommate who became the spokesperson for Pfox and their transgender conversion therapy and also watched it fail. I’ve also noticed countless trans people writing to tell me how bullied they felt as well by the church. I’ve watched for years as an old trans girl friend of mine, who sought out Christ, be told not to come back to specific churches. My own ex-fiancé who is trans, has also had a church ostracized him. I know as well, Jesus Christ himself was crucified by organized religion and he too hated it. What’s sad as a Christian to see is members of my own community turn their backs and literally hate God for what a man has said or did to them.  It’s easy to blame God for what a specific church or preacher said or did, but not all who follow are of God. That is something my ex-fiancé knows and regardless of what happened, he’s still a man of God. It is what my old girl friend knows, as she continues relentlessly searching for a welcoming church. I’ve often myself asked her why and she’d say, “I’m not ever going to let someone take God from me, cause I know what he has done.”

Another one of those sisters fighting for the lord is Meggan Sommerville, blogger of Trans Girl at the Cross. There Meggan not only chronicles her life as a transgender person, but also as a Christian. There she educates many within the community about Christ and how a trans person also can love and be loved by God. Since  2012 she’s discussed topics like Praying for our Enemies, My Tale of Surviving Bullying, and one of her latest Being Christian and Transgender- feeling caught in the Middle. It is the later that prompted me to signal boost my sister and her work. Among the many things we hear coming out of Trans society,  rare is there a voice like Meggan Sommerville.  This is why after such a great tragedy that she is TMP’s choice for trans role model of the month and upcoming Trans Faces interview. Spreading the good news of the lord from a unlikely yet loved girl at the cross.
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Aydian Dowling

Aydian Dowling  is the new face of Trans leadership…the entrepreneur. He started the Point5cc T-Shirt Company as a way to subsidize for surgeries that led into a successful clothing line known throughout the Trans community, worldwide. He and his wife are examples of the need to be more visible and paying it forward to the next ‘genderation’, so that their is more hope for trans youth.


TMP Interview with Aydian Dowling  Trans Faces #7 Aydian Dowling ; The Entrepreneur…The New Face of Trans* Leadership
Aydian Dowling as one of the Most Influential People on our TransMusePlanet’s annual Top 20 Most Influential Trans-People of 2014 #11

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Riley Knoxx

 Is it Beyoncé? She maybe one of the most sought after Beyoncé impersonators, Riley Knox. Beyoncé maybe the hardest working woman in show business but her look a like is the hardest working Trans woman in entertainment. With the release of her calendar; to raise money for disadvantaged Transgender youth in and around D.C., she is proving she’s more than a performer, but an advocate for youth growing up in a dysphoric world. Ironically I get to say this sister is really family, she is my biological 2nd cousin and an inspiration to many.

Riley Knoxx is a Greater D.C. gender illusionist, known as the top Beyoncé impersonator as well as the co-host of web series talk show “We Speak The Talk Show” and an area activist of positive role models within the trans* with the sales of her 2015 calendar going to the area trans youth programs.

Riley Knox as one of the Most Influential People on our ‘TransMusePlanet’s annual Top 20 Most Influential Trans-People of 2014’  #20

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