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Transgender Activist Aydian Dowling Loses Men's Health Cover Contest, But Will Appear In Special Edition

October 16, 2015 2 min read

Aydian Dowling may not have won Men's Health's, Ultimate Guy contest but he sure as heck has made history. Dowling has secured himself the reader's choice title with over 72,000 votes but lost the ultimate prize to EMT and firefighter Tim Boniface. On Facebook, Dowling said he had "feelings of disappointment for what could have been an amazing opportunity for our visibility as a community" but was grateful to be a part of the competition. aydian-dowling-600 "The work we have put in the last 6 months was and is still completely relevant to our movement to full Transgender Rights and Equality," he wrote in the post on Monday. "Our community, together with our allies, have made a big mark in the minds and hearts of the main stream media. We joined together and showed that we have a voice that is LOUD and PROUD! Let's continue this fight and together we will all be embraced for our journey to authenticity." Along with four other contestants, Dowling will appear on the cover of the magazine's special edition. This will make Dowling the first transgender male to appear in the magazine. dowling "Change happens in layers and this is a huge layer we have peeled back! The doors opened with this Collectors Edition cover," he wrote. "I am grateful, proud, and humbled by being the one our community and supporters chose to be the representation for Transgender Men today. We are on that cover – as men." The cover labels Dowling as "The Pioneer." "It's such a privilege to have that status," he said on the Ellen DeGeneres Show where he first saw the cover. "I've been putting effort into giving visibility and supporting the transgender community for the past five to six years. I'm so privileged to have that honor." Pioneer, indeed! What a wonderful outcome! What do you think of this story? Leave us a comment. Source: PEOPLE Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_113860" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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