First Transgender Man Appears On Cover of European Men’s Fitness Magazine


*Can I refill that cup of coffee for you, sir?   And would you like cream  or sugar in it?

In the spirit of full and total disclosure, I’m not one of those brothas who can’t appreciate the male physique, or admit that he can.  Let me be as honest as I know how to be:

This dude is hot.

The pictures of him sent me to the gym the morning, in the quest for a set of abs like THAT.

And he was born female.

Fitness model Ben Melzer is the first transgender man to appear on the cover of a European men’s fitness magazine, having landed on the cover after entering the German magazine’s cover model contest.


Melzer says he had always been drawn to traditionally masculine things since he was a kid. His favorite color was blue, and he would cry when he was made to dress in pink. Melzer says “girl things were never his,” and that it was clear to him from a very young age that he was “a boy.”

As puberty kicked in, Melzer says he noticed that “something [was going] wrong.” He had his first gender-confirming surgery at age 23. Of that experience, he says “It was hell,” but he’s past the rough patches now.

“My inside and outside finally fit and that’s why I’m not at all ashamed to talk about it,” Melzer says. He hopes to use the publicity around his magazine cover to give hope to others who are struggling with their gender identity.


“When I was in that situation, I had nobody to talk to, nobody to ask all these questions,” he says. “That’s what I want to do. I want to give the community a face, stand up and answer those questions for people.”

I have a question for Melzer: HOW CAN I GET ABS LIKE THAT???

“If there is one person out there I can help, I will succeed,” Melzer says.

Help ME!!!! JESUS, help me!!!

This blog was written by freelancer Michael P Coleman, who’s headed back to the gym for his second workout of the day.  Follow him on Twitter.

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