Tyler Ford

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Tyler Ford
Born1990/1991 (age 29–30)[1]
EducationVanderbilt University[3]
OccupationWriter, public speaker
Known forTransgender advocacy

Tyler Ford is a writer and public speaker who advocates for transgender and non-binary people.[1] Ford appeared as the first transgender contestant on The Glee Project in 2012.[3][4] They live and work in New York City.


Designated female at birth and raised by a single mother in Boca Raton, Florida, Ford transitioned to male in college, but later came to identify as agender.[5][6] Ford is of mixed black and white Jewish ethnicity.[3][7] Their writing and speaking frequently addresses their challenges living as a transgender person of color.[8][5]

Ford gained national attention when Miley Cyrus brought them as her date to The Foundation for AIDS Research (AMFAR) gala in 2015.[9][10][11][12] Cyrus sought to raise awareness of people with non-binary gender identities as part of her LGBTQ advocacy work with the Happy Hippie Foundation; Ford and their friend Ariana Grande joined Cyrus in that effort.[13][10]

Work and activism[edit]


Ford wrote an article for The Guardian in 2015[14] and has written multiple articles for them. in 2017[15] and again in 2018.[16] They have written for MTV,[17] Rookie,[18] and other web sites.[1][19]

Public speaking[edit]

Ford has presented at South by Southwest (SXSW).[1][20] They gave the opening remarks for New York Youth Pride parade in 2018,[21] in which they talked about their coming out and transition.


In June 2017, Ford began voicing a non-binary character Milo on the Amazon Video animated series Danger & Eggs.[22][23] In 2019, they also voicing as Farhood, a deaf student from Algeria in Think about Lesson.[citation needed]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Ford was named as one of MTV's best social media stars in 2015,[24] and as one of the Dazed 100 visionary talents in 2016.[25]


  1. ^ a b c d Vera Papisova (March 14, 2016). "Tyler Ford Is the Transgender Writer All Your Favorite Celebs Are Obsessed With". Teen Vogue. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  2. ^ Kim Hoffman (May 15, 2012). "Why You Should Watch Season Two of The Glee Project". Curve. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Megan Townsend (April 4, 2012). "Glee Project Second Season Cast Includes Transgender Man and Out Lesbian". GLAAD. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  4. ^ Crystal Bell (June 27, 2012). "'The Glee Project' Season 2: Tyler Ford, Transgender Contestant, Talks Sexuality Week, Naya Rivera And More". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Sarah Childress (June 30, 2015). ""I Like to Exist as a Person": What It Means to Live Beyond Gender". Frontline. PBS. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Tyler Ford (August 7, 2015). "My life without gender: 'Strangers are desperate to know what genitalia I have'". The Guardian. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  7. ^ "The Glee Project: Meet The New Cast!". EOnline. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  8. ^ Tyler Ford (May 7, 2015). "I Am A Queer, Agender Person Of Color In New York -- And This Is My Diary". MTV. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Megan Friedman (June 15, 2015). "Miley Cyrus Raises Gender Awareness by Bringing Agender Date to the AMFAR Gala". Seventeen. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Jessica Goodman (June 17, 2015). "Miley Cyrus raises agender awareness by bringing Tyler Ford as date to amFAR Gala". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  11. ^ "Miley Cyrus brings agender date to amfAR gala". CBS News. June 17, 2015. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  12. ^ Caitlyn Hitt (June 16, 2015). "Who Is Tyler Ford? Miley Cyrus To Bring Queer, Agender Writer As AmfAR Inspiration Gala Date". International Business Times. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  13. ^ "tyler ford is teaming up with miley cyrus for LGBTQA advocacy". i-D. June 15, 2015. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  14. ^ Ford, Tyler (2015-08-07). "My life without gender: 'Strangers are desperate to know what genitalia I have'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  15. ^ Nast, Condé. "These Earrings Know No Gender, and Neither Do We". them. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  16. ^ Nast, Condé. "Hell No to the Memo: Trans People Continue to Rally for Our Human Rights". them. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  17. ^ Ford, Tyler. "I Am A Queer, Agender Person Of Color In New York -- And This Is My Diary". MTV News. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  18. ^ Straub, Emma. "Rookie » Archives » Tyler Ford". www.rookiemag.com. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  19. ^ Tyler Ford (June 5, 2015). "Tyler Ford Is Here To Answer Your LGBTQA Questions". MTV. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  20. ^ "Generation Z and Gender: Beyond Binaries?". SXSW. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  21. ^ Nast, Condé. "One of the NYC Pride Grand Marshals Has an Inspiring Message for Nonbinary Folx". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  22. ^ Mey (July 24, 2017). "The Cast and Crew of "Danger & Eggs" Chat About Their Super Weird, Super Queer Kids Show". Autostraddle. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  23. ^ Bendix, Trish (July 3, 2017). ""Danger And Eggs" Is The Queer Cartoon We've Been Waiting For". NewNowNext. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  24. ^ "Best Social Media Stars Of 2015". MTV. December 8, 2015. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  25. ^ "Tyler Ford". Dazed. 2016-02-08. Retrieved January 2, 2017.

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