I'm Corey Rae, an activist, actress, consultant, model, producer, speaker, and writer who helps break social stigmas surrounding transgender women. I was born in Los Angeles, California, and lived in New Jersey and New York for 17 years. In 2009, I started my transition from male to female at the age of 15, and became the World’s first openly transgender woman to win the title of Prom Queen in 2010. After high school, I lived stealth for five years, not disclosing my transition to anyone. After the tragic shooting in June 2016 at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fl., I came out publicly through this website’s first blog post, “Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself.” Six months later, in January of 2017, I embarked on a one-way trip back home to LA.
Since the launch of my blog, I have dedicated my life to representing transgender women in a positive light through various industries and platforms. I have both a strong personal and academic knowledge of the LGBTQIA+ community. I studied and minored in the sociology of gender and sexuality at Hofstra University and in Amsterdam at UvA. I’ve lived an "abnormally normal life” by being stealth and I admit to not identifying wholly with being transgender in the past; but it gave me an opportunity to prove a point - transgender women are women. I’ve made my own dreams come true, and I now have my sights set on making a monumental difference for the transgender community and the world.
On this site, I write about my journey as a transgender woman, which illustrates my life experiences as well as share the stories of inspiring LGBTQIA+ members. I believe in making the world a better place by being kind, persistent, and thoughtful. I hope to inspire acceptance, authenticity, and confidence.