Aydian Dowling may not have won the cover, but he’s still our Ultimate Guy.
Point 5cc founder and CEO has been in the running for the Men’s Health Ultimate Guy contest for the past few months, having obtained over 72,000 votes (about 3x the second place contestant!) and being named one of five semifinalists. Today, Men’s Health announced Tim Boniface the winner – so while the whole team is disappointed Aydian did not grace the cover of the November issue, he’s still an Ultimate Guy in our books.
Because he will be on the special collector’s edition of the issue, he is still making history as the first known transgender man on the cover of a mainstream magazine.
“As some of you may already know, I did not get the title of 2015 Mens Health Ultimate Guy. Of course I hold feelings of disappointment for what could have been an amazing opportunity for our visibility as a community. 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. I would like to fully congratulate the winner, Tim, and ALL the other guys who shared this amazing journey with me! For their dedication to their communities and for the new family we have created. I would also like to thank each and every one of the over 72 THOUSAND people who voted a trans man to the Number 1 spot on the Readers’ Choice List!
Please do remember that this fight for transgender rights, inclusivity, and visibility is not over! 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.”
Thanks to everyone who has shown support to Aydian and Point 5cc by voting and spreading the word these last few months!
Bonus: Check out Aydian’s second appearance on The Ellen Show for a quick catch-up!