Aydian Dowling has been cast into the national spotlight through his activist and entrepreneurial career and efforts to speak out about a wide range of issues and challenges facing transgender people. In the process, he became the first-ever transgender man to appear on the cover of Men’s Health magazine. His video blog on YouTube has amassed hundreds of thousands of followers, with supporters listening closely to Aydian sharing his experiences, including his own experience with employment discrimination. Aidan was fired from his job in 2013 after he came out as transgender. He shares his story in order to advocate for others in the same situation.
“It all really made me doubt myself,” Aydian said. “It made me feel like I wasn’t good at my skill. And it’s messed up to shake someone’s confidence at something they’re really good at. I think there are millions of people out there who truly want to learn and be educated so they can become respectful, and there are other people we are going to have to bring along with us and show them who we are.”