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Seventeen-year-old Arkansan Dylan Brandt, known as the face of a 2021 lawsuit against Arkansas’s unconstitutional ban on gender-affirming medical care for transgender youth, is one of 2023’s TIME100 Next honorees.

Brandt is the youngest person on the 2023 list, which includes artists, athletes, politicians, scientists and advocates. Paul Mescal, Maya Hawke and Bella Ramsey are among the most recognizable names.

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Here’s the thinking behind the list, which TIME magazine started in 2019:

Traditionally, with efforts like Person of the Year and TIME100, we have used the power of our spotlight to draw attention to those who have achieved peak influence in their fields. But a great magazine and a great media company should not just reflect the present, it should push us forward, showing what is possible as well as what society’s future and future leaders will look like. That is our ambition for TIME100 Next, our annual franchise recognizing the rising leaders in health, climate, business, sports, the arts and more.

Accompanying each member of the TIME100 Next list is a blurb of context. Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, the legendary trans activist who calls Little Rock home, penned the paragraph celebrating Brandt:

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I met Dylan Brandt at the courthouse in 2021 when he first challenged Arkansas’ ridiculous law banning gender-­affirming care for trans kids. He was so kind, despite what he was going through at the time. The way things are in this world, it’s hard to grow up and be your true self; we have to bend here and bow there. But Dylan is a young man who knows how to fight, fight, fight. People will always remember that he fought for trans kids in Arkansas—and, in June of this year, won a landmark victory when a federal judge struck down the ban on gender-­affirming care. Hopefully his success encourages other folks across the U.S. to stand up and fight against all of the continued bullsh-t that the transgender community has to deal with. Now, Dylan deserves to have peace, quiet, and enjoyment—and a long and happy life. I love him so much and I wish him well. If he’s ever in Little Rock, he’s always welcome at the Oasis.

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