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The Virginia Prince Transgender Pioneer Awards

Honoring those transgender leaders who changed the world...

Every year, Fantasia Fair's parent organization Real Life Experiences, Inc. honors transgender leaders - those who have often sacrificed their careers, their families, their fortunes to change the world so transgendered people could begin to come together in safety and comfort. Without them, we would not be here; we would be at home, hiding in our closets.

We meet to honor their work and thank them for all they have done for us and to give them back a little in return for their decades of work on our behalf.

Martine Rothblatt
Martine Rothblatt
Transgender Pioneer 2017

Martine Rothblatt

Martine Rothblatt is an American lawyer, author, and entrepreneur. Martine graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a combined law and MBA degree. She worked in the field of communications satellite law and later in life sciences projects like the Human Genome Project. In 1994, at age 40, she came out as transgender and has since become a vocal advocate for transgender rights. Ms. Rothblatt is the Executive Producer of two films, one a Science Fiction techno thriller and another a documentary and the author of the book “Apartheid of Sex: A Manifesto on the Freedom of Gender.” She is the founder and Chairman of the Board of United Therapeutics. She was also the CEO of GeoStar and the creator of SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

It is with great honor that the Board of Directors of Real Life Experiences, Inc. to recognize Martine Rothblatt as a Virginia Prince Transgender Pioneer for 2017.

Gwen Smith
Gwen Smith
Transgender Pioneer 2017

Gwen Smith

Gwen Smith is a tireless champion for transgender rights and a well-spoken and highly articulate advocate for our community. As well as being the founder of the Transgender Day of Remembrance and an early transgender Internet pioneer, she is also a columnist, providing "Transmissions" for the San Francisco Bay Area Reporter since 2000. She is also the managing editor for She has served on the advisory board of Gender Education and Advocacy, National Center for Transgender Equality, and the San Francisco City and County Transgender Civil Rights Implementation Task Force. Ms. Smith also served on the board of FTM International.

The Board of Directors of Real Life Experiences, Inc. are delighted to recognize Gwen Smith as a Virginia Prince Transgender Pioneer for 2017.

Information about previous recipients of the Virginia Prince Transgender Pioneer Award may be found Pioneer Award Recipients page.

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