Gender reassignment can be a complicated process, so it’s obvious that people who choose to undergo these procedures are committed to changing their entire lives. Some people who choose to become another gender state that they’ve always felt and thought as the opposite sex, and were simply waiting for the right time to make the physical change. Others have expressed their desire for gender reassignment later in life, to the shock of their friends and family members.
With all the buzz in the media these days concerning certain male celebrities who want to be women, it can be easy to forget that there are also women who elect to have gender reassignment procedures as well. Making the transition from womanhood to manhood comes with a particular set of challenges. Each individual achieves a different level of satisfaction with these procedures, since not everyone wants to get to the same place in their gender reassignment journey. Gender reassignment surgeries and procedures are not without a significant amount of controversy and even conflict from many members of society. But if nothing else, the pictures and stories behind these sex changes are fascinating. Here are 10 hot men who used to be women.
10. Buck Angel
This transgender adult filmmaker has definitely made a name for himself in the LGBT community, and has even been viewed as an icon by some. When Buck Angel was 16, he started to develop secondary sex characteristics, even though he was born female. He lived most of his life as a female model, and was very unhappy with his identity during this time. After finding out about treatments for his condition, which is classified as gender dysphoria, Buck Angel went on to become an adult film star. In 2007, the tattooed, cigar-loving actor won the Adult Video News Award for Transsexual Performer of the Year.
9. Loren Rex Cameron
Cameron is a photographer, transsexual activist and author. He is known for taking pictures that feature transsexual subjects, and is often the subject of his pictures. Loren Cameron is also known for taking candid photos of lesbian bodies, and even photographically chronicled his gender transition from female to male. The pictures were strategically lit to showcase the obvious physical body changes. These photos were also created to display the overall beauty of the physical form. Loren’s photos are displayed for the purpose of giving the public a positive perception of the transsexual body. Cameron also hopes that these pictures will remove some of the myths and misconceptions that people have about lesbians and transsexuals.
8. Ian Harvie
Ian Harvie is a transgender comedian who knew early in life that he would eventually make the transition to be a man. When he was 19, he came out as queer, and it wasn’t until he was 32 that he announced he was transgender. Harvie started doing stand-up in 2002, and counts Flip Wilson and shows like Hee-Haw and Laugh-In as his comedic influences. For three years, between 2006 and 2009, Harvie went on a comedy tour with the brashly hilarious Margaret Cho. After ending his run with Cho, Ian Harvie teamed with Amy Dresner and Felon O’Reilly for a sober comedy tour. The three talked about their lives as recovering addicts and used their struggles as comedic material. Harvie is definitely not scared about addressing his gender struggles in his comedy act and hopes his experiences will inspire others.
7. Lucas Silveira
Silviera is a Canadian-born musician. He is the first openly transsexual man who was in a major-label rock band. Lucas sings, plays guitar and writes songs for The Cliks, the band he founded in 2004. Silveira also has a solo project. The 35-year-old rocker states that he knew that he was supposed to be male from the time he was three years old, but didn’t have the words to express it. He first heard about transgender people when he watched an episode of The Geraldo Rivera show as a teenager. This is when he decided to start living as a lesbian. Lucas Silveira started hormone replacement therapy in 2010.
6. Thomas Beatie
Thomas Beatie is perhaps one of the most well known men who used to be women. He has been referred to as the pregnant man in the media quite often. Beatie was born a woman, and lived as a female until he was in his 20s. Thomas Beatie even entered beauty pageants as a woman. Years later, Beatie started taking hormones to make the transition into becoming a man. However, he decided to leave his female reproductive organs in place so that he and his wife, who was unable to conceive, could have children together. Through a sperm donor, Thomas Beatie was able to have three children. After his children were born, Beatie decided to get back on the male hormones to complete gender reassignment.
Katastrophe is Rocco Kayiato’s professional name. He’s a producer and rapper, and has the distinction of being the first openly transgender person in Hip Hop. Even though hip-hop is a genre of music in which gender roles are clearly defined, Kayaiato makes his identity known in his musical work. Katastrophe started out as a poet in the San Francisco Bay area, and won a youth poetry competition in 1998. In addition to producing songs for mix tapes and EPs, he is featured in documentary films like Pick Up The Mic, Riot Acts and Poetic License. Katastrophe created a magazine with Amos Mac called Original Plumbing, which is a publication by and for transgender men.
4. Ryan Sallans
Sallans, who was born Kimberly Ann, is now a spokesperson for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. Sallans travels around the U.S. often to talk about the changes in health care that will result in more extensive services for members of the LGBT community. His travels are also for the purpose of educating the public about the various issues that LGBT people face on a daily basis. In 2005, Ryan Sallans completed his transition from female to male, after years of treatment. Sallans and his mission has been featured in a number of publications, and he has also appeared on Larry King Live.
3. Andreas Krieger
Andreas Krieger competed as a female shot putter who competed professionally in East Germany. When Krieger was in his early teens, he was given anabolic steroids without his consent or knowledge. The steroids caused his physical appearance to become more masculine, and also caused him to take on some of the psychological characteristics of a man. In 1990, Andreas Krieger retired from shot putting. Seven years later, he decided to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Krieger has stated that he regrets being drugged in his teenage years. He states that if that hadn’t happened, he would have been able to figure out his gender identity on his own.
2. Chaz Bono
Chaz, who was originally named Chastity, was born the daughter of Cher and Sonny Bono. Chaz has stated that growing up with such famous parents was quite a challenge, especially since many people expected her to be especially feminine and glamorous like her mother. When Chaz was 25, she came out as a lesbian. However, this was before she realized that she was actually transgender. Over the course of two years, Chaz underwent surgeries to make the transition into becoming a man. Bono has undergone health transitions to get rid of unwanted weight, and has even gone on to become a Dancing With The Stars contestant.
1. Baliun Bauschbaum
Bauschbaum, who was born Yvonne, is German-born and used to be a professional pole vaulter. He was even the second best female pole vaulter in Germany. But in 2007, Balium decided to retire from sports, stating that he had a prevailing injury. That same year, Bauschbaum decided to share publicly his desire to have gender reassignment surgery, which was a shocking announcement to some. It’s likely that some of the people closest to Bauschbaum knew it was just a matter of time before he expressed his desire to become a man. In 2008, Yvonne changed her name to Balium and started the medical process to become a man.