Transgender Man is Finalist in Sexiest Vegan Contest

Transgender Man is Finalist in Sexiest Vegan Contest

Salt Lake City resident Dexter Thomas beat out scores of other contestants to be named the first openly transgender man with a shot at winning annual PETA contest.


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For the first time ever, a transgender man has been named a finalist in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ Sexiest Vegan Next Door contest. Aside from his good looks, Dexter Thomas, a 34-year-old transgender rights activist and doctoral student hailing from Salt Lake City, UT, has a long list of animal-welfare accomplishments on his resumé. The long-time vegan made the switch at 17; led a campaign to have his high school carry vegan lunch options; got his rural, cattle-ranching family to go vegan; works with the Utah Animal Rights Coalition to fight against rodeos; and is a doctorate student of social psychology in an effort to launch a career as an advocate for animals and homeless sexual-minority youth. “I’m honored and excited to be the first-ever out transgender finalist of PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door contest,” Thomas wrote on Facebook, “…this is a very important time for diverse trans visibility and for all of us to do our best to be a voice for the oppressed.” Last year’s openly gay winner Victor Ivan Barragan has also displayed public support of Thomas, hosting a Facebook event to encourage people to cast their vote for Thomas. Voting ends June 7.

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