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Aydian Ethan Dowling is breaking barriers.

The transgender man is currently on track to make history by becoming a cover model for Men’s Health magazine. The Oregon resident is already 30,000 votes ahead of the second-place contender in the magazine’s “Ultimate Guy Search” contest, with more than 39,000 total cast in his name.

Needless to say, he’s pretty shocked by the support.

The contest, for those who don’t already know, is seeking “a guy who is fit and fearless, a doer who gives back and leads by example.” For some context, the guy who won last year was Noah Galloway, an American soldier who lost an arm and a leg in Iraq.

Dowling, however, gives back in a very different way. He started a YouTube channel called BeefheadsFitness, which is geared towards trans people looking to get fit and stay healthy.

“Also, I run multiple groups, Instagram accounts, and other social media platforms encouraging mental and physical health reaching over 45K combined,” he wrote on the contest’s page.

He explained to People Magazine that a dedication to fitness and bodybuilding is what helped him gain self-confidence through his transition, and now he wants to share that experience with others. He certainly isn’t shy about showing off his body either, as proven in the photos he submitted to the contest:

Aydian Dowling

“I started bodybuilding because I wanted my outer body to feel more masculine like my inner soul does, so I started training and it really just changed my whole life,” he says. “I started to feel better.”

That’s when his attention shifted to the larger community around him.

“…I did start training other Transgender Males here in my new town of Eugene, Oregon. They have greatly progressed and I feel very proud to see their self confidence grow,” he noted on the contest’s page.

Social media certainty supports that claim:

That’s all we needed to hear. Good luck, Dowling!