Tyler Ford

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Tyler Ford
Date of birth October 25, 1990
Place of birth Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Nationality American
Pronouns they/hir[1]
Gender identity Agender[2]
Occupation Writer, activist, model
Known for Being the first trans contestant on The Glee Project

Tyler Ford (born October 25, 1990) is a writer and public speaker who advocates for transgender and nonbinary people. Ford appeared as the first transgender contestant on The Glee Project in 2012. They live and work in New York City.

Raised by a single mother in Boca Raton, Florida, Ford transitioned to male in college, but later came to identify as agender, and came out as such in 2014.[3] Ford is of mixed black and white Jewish ethnicity. Their writing and speaking frequently addresses their challenges living as a transgender person of color.

Ford gained national attention when Miley Cyrus brought them as her date to The Foundation for AIDS Research (AMFAR) gala in 2015. Cyrus sought to raise awareness of people with nonbinary gender identities as part of her LGBTQ advocacy work with the Happy Hippie Foundation; Ford and hir friend Ariana Grande joined Cyrus in that effort.

Ford also identifies hirself as queer and asexual.[4][5]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

"My gender identity cannot be separated from my blackness, my queerness, or my asexuality, because they all inform one another, all shape the way I experience the world, and all shape the way the world experiences me. My body and my rights are always on the line, regardless of what I’m fighting for."[4]

"I am my own greatest accomplishment. Loving myself and trying to live my best life is a struggle, but my fight to thrive in the face of my struggles is what I'm most proud of."[5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Instagram bio and Twitter bio, accessed 28 April 2020
  2. Childress, Sarah (30 June 2015). ""I Like to Exist as a Person": What It Means to Live Beyond Gender". FRONTLINE. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  3. Ford, Tyler (7 August 2015). "My life without gender: 'Strangers are desperate to know what genitalia I have'". the Guardian. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Yates, Kieran. "Tyler Ford". Dazed. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Tyler Ford". Interview Magazine. March 24, 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2020.

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