Aydian Dowling was announced as a Special Guest at Universal FanCon 2018.
Justin Baldoni, Prince EA, and Matt McGorry are joined by former UFC Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva, and trans activist, Aydian Dowling, to discuss body image standards in America and how they impact our sense of self.
International Guest of Honour and recipient of the 2017 Inspiration Award, Aydian Dowling, spoke about the importance of standing proud and how if we fight for our limitations, we become the owner of them.
“We’re honoring Aydian for being a role model for youth across the US, for establishing a business that strives towards the common good, and most of all, for his honesty and selflessness in his journey to help others.”
On the same day the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, Dowling was welcomed into the Men’s Health Ultimate Guy contest, becoming the first trans man to join a mainstream men’s magazine competition.
Facing employment discrimination for being who he was felt terrible. And for Aydian, it reinforced his conviction of just how important it is for more and more people to understand who transgender people are.
“His latest and biggest gig in New England is as Boston Pride’s Festival Emcee on June 11. But, that’s not everything that this trans man is doing to keep himself busy.”
Aydian Dowling is currently leading the annual “Ultimate Guy” contest held by Men’s Health magazine. If he wins, he will be the first trans man to appear on the cover.
“From every part of his social media platform, Aydian has chosen to be vulnerable and honest about a deeply personal journey – transitioning. He has talked openly about being on testosterone and his surgeries, his health and fitness plans, his long-term relationship with his now wife, and so much more.”
“Aydian’s YouTube channel subscribers and Instagram followers prove he is the kind of activist and leader the FTM transgender community was looking for, and he continues to rise to that challenge every day.”