Just last year, Laverne Cox made history by becoming the first transgender person to grace the cover of TIME Magazine. Always an eloquent and outspoken voice on trans issues, she took to her blog to write about another historic moment and how moved she was by the gorgeous Vanity Fair cover, revealed Monday, on which former Olympic great and reality star Caitlyn Jenner made her debut as a woman. Cox wrote: “I am so moved by all the love and support Caitlyn is receiving. It feels like a new day, indeed, when a trans person can present her authentic self to the world for the first time and be celebrated for it so universally.” She went on to praise Jenner for being beautiful inside as well as outside, but also reflected on cis-normative beauty standards, calling for a full and diverse representation of trans people. “Now, there are many trans folks because of genetics and/or lack of material access who will never be able to embody these standards. More importantly many trans folks don’t want to embody them and we shouldn’t have to to be seen as ourselves and respected as ourselves. It is important to note that these standards are also informed by race, class and ability among other intersections.” She pointed out that many trans people do not enjoy the same privileges Jenner and herself do, but hoped they could continue to lift up the lives of those who are less fortunate. “I hope, as I know Caitlyn does, that the love she is receiving can translate into changing hearts and minds about who all trans people are as well as shifting public policies to fully support the lives and well being of all of us,” Cox wrote, “The struggle continues … ”
Read Laverne Cox’s full blog post here.