15 October 2015
In a first for the macho magazine, Trans body builder, Aydian Dowling, was named runner up in the Men’s Health cover competition.
Although disappointed in loosing the winning title, Dowling has congratulated winner Tim Boniface and says taking part in the competition has been an amazing opportunity for trans visibility. “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 on social media.
“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 Transman 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.”
Dowling came first in the initial stage of the competition and was flown to New York with the four other finalists for a photoshoot, he will still feature in a spread in the magazine.