Aydian Dowling, a 28-year-old transgender man, has made the top 10 ultimate Men's Health guys. Last year’s winner was Noah Galloway and this year’s winner will appear on the cover of our November 2015 issue. If Aydian wins he will be the first transgender on the cover of Men's Health. Dowling founded BeefHeads Fitness, a YouTube channel geared toward transgender individuals who want to get fit and healthy. Dowling’s online made-to-order clothing company Point5cc provides free programs and services to transgender individuals.
In 2015, Bruce Jenner is undergoing a male-to-female transition, Amazon’s trans-centric series Transparent is the reigning Golden Globes winner for best comedy, and trans actors have prominent roles in major movies and TV shows, like Laverne Cox in Orange Is the New Black.
It took 21 years for Dowling to find that man. Dowling was born female, and says “there were definitely signs” that he identified as male at an early age. “I just wanted to act a certain way,” he says, “but I was told that was not how girls act.”
At 13, Dowling developed a crush on a girl, and at 16, had come out as a lesbian to friends and family. By 21, he was dressing in masculine clothes, but it wasn’t until his then-girlfriend asked the pivotal question—“Have you ever wanted to be a boy?”—that Dowling gave any thought to being transgender.
“I didn’t want to be trans,” says Dowling. “I was scared, and I thought being a lesbian was hard enough.” But one night, as he stared at his pink bedroom walls and the pile of men’s clothes crowding his floor, he reached his tipping point
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