Angelica Ross: American businesswoman and actress; Businessperson, Actor, Model, Entrepreneur, Activist, LGBT rights activist; From: United States of America | Biography, Filmography, Facts, Information, Career, Wiki, Life
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Angelica Ross
American businesswoman and actress

Angelica Ross

Angelica Ross
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Intro American businesswoman and actress
Is Businessperson Actor Model Entrepreneur Activist LGBT rights activist
From United States of America
Field Activism Business Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender trans woman
Birth Kenosha, Kenosha County, Wisconsin, USA
Residence Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, USA
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Angelica Ross (born November 28, 1980) is an American actress, businesswoman, and transgender rights advocate. A self-taught computer programmer, she went on to become founder and CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises, a firm that helps employ transgender people in the tech industry.

Ross began her acting career in the web series Her Story (2016), after which she received further recognition and critical acclaim for her starring roles in the drama series Pose (2018–2021) and the anthology horror series American Horror Story (2019–present), both from FX.

Early life

Angelica Ross was born on November 28, 1980, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, then raised to the north in nearby Racine. Ross, a trans woman, has said she was perceived as feminine from a young age. In 1998, when she was 17, she came out as gay to her mother, an evangelical Christian. Her mother did not receive the news well; according to Ross, "she told me I should commit suicide or she would, because she couldn't have someone like me as her child." Ross considered ending her own life and overdosed on medication, but survived.

Upon graduating high school at 17, Ross briefly attended the University of Wisconsin–Parkside before dropping out after one semester. Ross decided to join the U.S. Navy (after her parents signed a waiver so that she could join as a minor) in order to qualify for the G.I. Bill. Ross initially moved to Rochester, New York, before being stationed in Yokosuka, Kanagawa. After six months of service, she requested and received an "uncharacterized" discharge under the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy (which was then in force) due to being harassed by enlisted men who coerced her into saying she was gay.

Ross moved back home, and made friends with a drag queen named Traci Ross who helped her begin her gender transition at the age of 19. Upon discovering that she was transitioning, her mother threw her out and Ross moved in with her biological father (who was slightly more accepting of her) in Roanoke, Virginia. Although Ross and her parents were estranged for a time, she states that they have since mended their relationship. During the six years that she lived in Roanoke, Ross worked as a waitress at Applebee's so she could earn enough money to pay rent and attend cosmetology school. She was let go from her waitress job due to discrimination. Ross then moved to Hollywood, Florida and worked as a model and escort, then web manager, until 2003. She started a web development and graphic design business and took acting classes. She later moved to Chicago to become the employment coordinator for the Trans Life Center.

Acting career

In 2005, Ross made her acting debut in the comedy film Natale a Miami, followed by a role in the short film Bella Maddo (2010). In 2016, Ross received recognition for starring in Her Story, a web series about trans women in Los Angeles. The series was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama. In 2017, she made guest appearances in the CBS legal drama series Doubt, the TNT crime drama series Claws, and the Amazon Prime Video comedy-drama series Transparent. She also executive produced and starred in the short film Missed Connections, which went on to be an official selection at Outfest 2017, Baltimore International Black Film Festival 2017, La Femme International Film Festival 2017, and Outflix Film Festival 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. In June 2017, Ross provided voice work for the Amazon Video animated series Danger & Eggs.

Her breakthrough role came in 2018, as Candy Ferocity in Ryan Murphy's FX drama series Pose. For her performance, she earned critical acclaim. She went on to star as psychologist Donna Chambers in the FX anthology horror series American Horror Story: 1984, which made her the first transgender actress to secure two series regular roles. The series was also her second collaboration with Murphy. Her performance garnered critical acclaim by fans and critics alike. In 2021 Ross returned as a series regular for the show's tenth season.

In 2020, Ross signed a deal with Pigeon to develop its television projects. She portrays Georgia, a transgender woman, in the 2022 film Framing Agnes. Ross made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago in a limited engagement from September 12 to November 6, 2022.

Tech career

Ross taught herself coding, and started her journey in the technology industry in web management. She also learned graphic design and photography using videos online, taking photos for rappers and designing backstage passes. Ross later was hired by the Chicago House's TransLife Center which caters to trans individuals seeking employment, housing and other aid. Her role focused on employment coordination program development.

In 2014, Ross founded the company TransTech Social Enterprises, acting as CEO. She is also the president of Miss Ross, Inc. and founded the TransTech Summit. Ross described the goals of TransTech as including to foster skills in the technology industry, especially for trans people. As the world became more digitized, Ross saw the opportunity for expanding remote working via telecommunication as there can be flexible solutions to workplace issues.


Ross launched TransTech Social Enterprises in Chicago in 2014. The nonprofit creative design firm trains and contracts transgender and other workers. Melissa Harris-Perry brought more attention to the firm in 2015, choosing Ross as her show's first "Foot Soldier" of the year. Educating others on the mission of the firm included MSNBC airing a documentary about it. Ross was a featured speaker at the 2015 White House LGBTQ Tech and Innovation Summit. She was also a celebrity ambassador to the 50th Anniversary Stonewall celebration that took place in June 2019 during Pride. On September 20, 2019, Ross hosted the 2020 Presidential Candidate Forum on LGBTQ Issues. This made her the first openly transgender person to host an American presidential forum. On September 28, 2019, Ross was a featured speaker at the National Trans Visibility March in Washington D.C.

Personal life

Ross was once engaged, but called off the engagement as her fiancé did not want others to know that Ross was transgender. She is a practicing Buddhist.



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Natale a Miami Sharon
2010 Bella Maddo Party Guest Short film
2017 Missed Connections Jennifer Short film
The Heart of a Woman Terri Short film
2020 Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen Herself Documentary film
2021 Music Urgent Care Doctor
2022 Framing Agnes Georgia Documentary film


Year Title Role Notes
2015 I Am Cait Herself 2 episodes
2016 Her Story Paige 5 episodes; webseries
2017 Doubt Valentina Episode: "Clean Burn"
Danger & Eggs Mayor (voice) 3 episodes
Claws Relevance 3 episodes
Transparent Diana Ross Diva Episode: "Born Again"
2018–2021 Pose Candy Ferocity 15 episodes
2019 King Ester Denise Episode: "Insurance"
American Horror Story: 1984 Donna Chambers 9 episodes
2021 American Horror Story: Double Feature The Chemist 3 episodes
Theta 3 episodes
2022 Dead End: Paranormal Park Margie Episode: "Wait Time: 22 Minutes"
2023 The Freedom to Exist with Elliot Page - A Soul of a Nation Presentation Herself Documentary series

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 Transgender National Alliance Be Amazing Award Angelica Ross Won
2016 Black Trans Advocacy Awards Trailblazer Award Won
2016 Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award Won
2017 GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Talk Show Episode The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Won
Special Recognition Award Angelica Ross Won
2018 Financial Times Top 10 LGBT+ Executives Won
2021 Fast Company Queer 50 Won


  • In 2015, Ross was named "1st Foot Soldier of the Year" by Melissa Harris-Perry
  • In June 2019, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, an event widely considered a watershed moment in the modern LGBTQ rights movement, Queerty named her one of the Pride50 "trailblazing individuals who actively ensure society remains moving towards equality, acceptance and dignity for all queer people".
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