With the annual awareness week as its peg, the magazine has joined forces with trans supermodel, speaker, and activist Geena Rocero to spotlight five prominent trans people effecting change for LGBTQ people nationwide. Rocero’s picks include activist and commentator Ashlee Marie Preston, groundbreaking actress Candis Cayne, writer and activist Tiq Milan, musician Nomi Ruiz, and American Civil Liberties Union legal counsel Chase Strangio.
On Instagram, Rocero thanked the decades-old publication for its allyship and for continuously supporting the trans and gender-nonconforming community.
Rocero’s Playboy spread also marked the first time an openly transgender Asian-Pacific Islander model posed for the magazine’s coveted centerfold.
“This Playboy Playmate honor is another moment that I will never forget,” Rocero wrote on Instagram after her feature hit stands, recalling the pivotal TED Talk she gave in 2014 that changed her life forever. “I will always know that expressing my unapologetic love for my self, my body, my vulnerability, my journey, my dreams, and my hustle is my ultimate power!”
Watch Rocero and other transgender pioneers in the modeling industry strut their stuff in Logo’s Made to Model: Trans Beauty in Fashion below. Then head over to Playboy.com to see its Trans Awareness Week feature.