Like an LGBT-minded Taylor Swift, Caitlyn Jenner has wasted no time reaching out to influential members of the trans community and ushering them into her girl gang. Now an outspoken trans activist, Jenner has surrounded herself with LGBT advocates and allies whose inspirational stories she plans to share in her new WhoSay editorial series. But who exactly are these "power trans ladies"? Meet Caitlyn Jenner's super-squad, composed of badass women who together have been advocating for trans issues for decades.
A Hawaiian-born trans actress and performer, Candis Cayne became a fixture on the New York nightlife scene in the '90s through her performances at gay bars around the city. Cayne scored recurring roles on shows like Dirty Sexy Money and Nip/Tuck, and frequently appears on RuPaul's Drag Race. Jenner attended a performance of hers during Pride Week in New York, before the two sat down to dinner with several other trans activists. They also hit up the Broadway show An American in Paris together.
A Filipina model and speaker, Rocero is the founder of Gender Proud, a transgender-rights advocacy group. Rocero famously came out as transgender during a 2014 TED Talk on International Transgender Visibility Day. "I really can't imagine going through this by myself," Rocero told the Cut in 2014 of her journey as a trans woman. "It's a sisterhood."
Lysette plays the yoga instructor Shea on the Amazon series Transparent, and was interviewed alongside Orange Is the New Black's Laverne Cox for a New York Timesfeature about being transgender in Hollywood. Lysette spent many years in the closet in Hollywood going out for cisgender roles, and only recently began publicly identifying as transgender. Now she stars alongside childhood idols like Patrick Stewart in multiple TV series.
"Queer and present danger" Kate Bornstein is a longtime performer and LGBT advocate who identifies as gender nonconforming. "Auntie Kate" has written and edited several anthologies on gender theory and was recently the subject of a documentary made by New York–based filmmaker Sam Feder. Ze also has a really cute cat.
Carrellas is an author, sex educator and the longtime partner of Bornstein. She teaches tantric sex workshops and lectures about sex at universities across the country. She also can think herself into an orgasm.
Moore is a member of the award-winning group Trans Girls in Action Divas, who are "educating, empowering and enabling the world to see that we are." A community health educator in Los Angeles, Moore also pals around with fellow trans-advocate Janet Mock and hung out at Caitlyn Jenner's Malibu home.
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: TV personality Caitlyn Jenner arrives at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Chris Rock, A. J. Calloway and Caitlyn Jenner attend the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Caitlyn Jenner is seen on February 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ignat/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Caitlyn Jenner is seen on the streets of Manhattan on February 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/GC Images)
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Executive Producer Caitlyn Jenner speaks at the AOL 2016 MAKERS conference at Terranea Resort on February 2, 2016 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 14: Tv personality Candis Cayne (L) and executive producer/tv personality Caitlyn Jenner speak onstage during the 'I Am Cait' panel discussion at the NBCUniversal portion of the 2016 Winter TCA Tour at Langham Hotel on January 14, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 04: Caitlyn Jenner Hosts Special Screening Of 'Tangerine' at Landmark Nuart Theatre on January 4, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Caitlyn Jenner speaks to the Chicago House luncheon at the Hilton Chicago on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner attends Glamour's 25th Anniversary Women Of The Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on November 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 08: Caitlyn Jenner seen at the Soho House for dinner on November 08, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Caitlyn Jenner seen leaving 'Therese Raquin' on Broadway in Midtown on November 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Caitlyn Jenner attends Logo TV's 'Beautiful As I Want To Be' web series launch party at The Standard Hotel on October 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: (L-R) Chandi Moore, Candis Cayne, Caitlyn Jenner and Geena Rocero attend Logo TV's 'Beautiful As I Want To Be' Web Series Launch Party at The Standard Hotel on October 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Caitlyn Jenner attends Logo TV's 'Beautiful As I Want To Be' Web Series Launch Party at The Standard Hotel on October 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 03: TV personality and activist Caitlyn Jenner speaks onstage during the Point Foundation's Annual Voices On Point Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on October 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for The Point Foundation)
PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Caitlyn Jenner attends the 8th Annual Safety Harbor Kids Polo Classic Fundraiser at Will Rogers State Historic Park on September 12, 2015 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 03: Caitlyn Jenner is seen on September 03, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 24: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Caitlyn Jenner attends Culture Club's performance at the Greek Theatre on July 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Nederlander)