With our current culture very slowly but surely becoming more accepting of the LGBTQ community amid the rise of social media, it's become less difficult than it once was for transgender people to come forward with their identities and stories.
Still, some stories of past trans pioneers remain hidden — either because modern ignorance and discrimination keeps them under wraps, or because past circumstances prevented them from being told in the first place. (Remember: Cross-dressing was once illegal in the U.S.)
In honor of Women's History Month, we're highlighting 10 trans women who were, and still are, revolutionaries. They stood up for LGBTQ rights and put themselves on the front lines of battles for equality in the hopes that we will all one day stand together regardless of sexualities and lifestyles.
You might not have heard of some of these fearless trans women before; regardless, their names will be forever engraved in history as spirits unafraid to be bold on behalf of progress.