cropped-902328_167270826765171_2092705972_o.jpgThe Process

Open Nominations

All those on the Trans 100 and in the Breakouts come from nominations provided by the general community. Nominations are open for a specific length of time as determined by the Trans 100 Team, via webform.

Nominations are anonymous.  Anyone may nominate, and they may nominate themselves.

The Standards

  • Nominees must be living
  • Nominees must be currently working to improve the lives of trans people.
  • Nominees must be doing work that has daily life impact in the service to the Trans Community, with special focus on the areas of ostracism elimination, stigma reduction, poverty reduction, furthering the social and economic development of the Trans Community, and building infrastructure within the Trans Community. On the ground, in the trenches work is valued first and foremost.
  • Nominees can be working at any scale, locally, regionally, or nationally.
  • Nominees must be or identify as trans.
  • Nominees must be out as Trans people in their work.
  • We particularly encourage the addition of persons of color.
  • We particularly encourage the nominations of people who are unsung and/or unseen
  • We particularly encourage the addition of those working in areas of multiple intersections
  • We particularly encourage people from areas other than the coasts be added.
  • The key question to ask is this: what are they doing to make life better for other trans folk in their daily lives?

The Rationales

First off, they have to be alive.  Since this list is for the last year, we’ll call that alive for at least half the year.  So if they died in March, it will be a bit challenging to get feedback from them regarding their desire for inclusion and what they see as the important work they are doing.

They also have to be Trans people — of any stripe, any order, any phylum or nature. For the purpose of “what is a trans person”, we reference the following:

Transness is the state of awareness or condition in society of someone who does not conform in a majority of aspects to the way their society or culture sees them as behaving and living in relation to their culture’s social construction of physiological sex, usually due to a variance between their physical sex and one or both of their social sex identity and/or internal sex identity.

It exists at the same level as awareness of self, and it is, itself, an awareness.

They have to be making a difference in the day to day lives of trans people in a tangible way.  That means that whatever it is they are doing, it has to be significantly related to changing things for the better in practical ways for trans people. They have to be doing it right now. Retired nominees aren’t currently doing the work, though we hope those who came after are carrying on their work.

Being out, in and of itself, does indeed accomplish this, but this is The Trans 100 list; a very public list that will be given and sent to media outlets and other organizations and more. So being out is a base requirement that is presumed to apply to all nominees. This is just as presumed as their being Trans.

This is a list of Trans people, not allies, even if they are incredible enough to do positive work without being prompted. We are looking at how they can be included in future breakouts, though.

We seek to highlight the work of both established activists and those who are up and coming, and we want to show and demonstrate the diversity of the Trans population.  This is an important of the work — the Trans 100 is not the “best”, nor is it the “only”.  It is not a list of who did great things in the past. It is a list of some of the people who are doing great things in the future.


Once nominations are closed, the process of curating the list begins.

Curators are selected for diversity in age, ethnicity, service, creed, philosophy, outlook, experience, race, and more, providing a spectrum of people who represent the diversity of the Trans Community in microcosm. Curators are sought usually starting in November of each year. The number of curators varies according to the number of nominees. ALl curators are, themselves, Trans people, engaged in the work that is being looked at and highlighted.

Curators must be willing to devote a substantial amount of time to the work.  Based on experience, we can expect at least 40 hours a month for two months. Curators are anonymous.  They may, themselves, announce their positions as curators after the 31st of March, but the Trans 100 Team will neither confirm nor deny such. Curators may be nominated themselves.

Curating begins in January of each year.

Curators do independent research on a selection of nominees that are provided by the Trans 100 team. They do so privately, and as part of a working group that changes on a yearly basis. The research is compiled, and then used by the full team. The research is focused on the positive contributions of each person, without regard to ego, interpersonal issues, philosophical approach, or contributions outside the time frame of the previous year.

Each curator votes for each nominee in an anonymous fashion.

Each nominee must be doing work that meets the criteria in the judgment of the Curators as a collective team.  Unanimity is not only not required, it is an unlikely event. Each nominee’s votes are tallied separately.

Following the voting process, the Trans 100 Team assembles the Trans 100 selectees and breakouts.


Selectees are approached privately, via email, after selection for inclusion in both the Trans 100 and the Breakouts. They will be asked to confirm their information, accept or decline inclusion, provide an image for publication,  write a brief description of the work they do and themselves, and provide two links plus optional social media contact information by a deadline.  Because some will decline, we will contact additional individuals as alternates, but they will not be identified and so receiving notification is not a guarantee of inclusion in the final, which will remain secret until the 31st of March.

Selectees are only notified if they will appear in the Breakouts or the Trans 100 proper. Only the Trans 100 team will know the final dispensation of those notified.

The notifications will require the selectees to enter their information into a form provided for such. The form has a fixed number of characters for each entry, and has both required and optional information.



The Trans 100 will be released each year on the International Trans Day of Visibility, which is held each year on March 31st. We encourage the development of local celebrations in cities and towns across the country and world to join us for the release Event, which will be broadcast via the internet, and will open with the release of the Trans 100 publication.

The publication will be made available simultaneously on multiple websites for access by the general public. Embargoes on release will be in place.

The Publication will include all the breakouts and the Trans 100 in full.  For the first year, the Breakouts will be released once every two weeks, in conjunction with highlights of certain selectees chosen by the Trans 100 team that will continue throughout the year, beginning in May.

Following the release, it begins again.


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