John M. Becker

Laverne Cox: I'm Grateful For 'Katie Show' Appearance

Filed By John M. Becker | January 11, 2014 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Carmen Carrera, CeCe McDonald, Islan Nettles, Katie Couric, Laverne Cox, trans bodies

"I am so deeply moved by the dialogues that are happening around my appearance with Carmen Carrera on The Katie Show on Monday. It is my dream that by highlighting the deep humanity of trans people's lives in the media, elevating actual trans voices to speak the truth of our lived experiences in ways that don't sensationalize and objectify us, those human voices and stories can be a part of the disruption needed to end the disproportionate injustices that threaten so many trans people's lives, particularly the lives of trans women of color.

"It is a state of emergency for far too many trans people across this country. The stories of women like Islan Nettles and CeCe McDonald are far too commonplace in our community. I look forward to engaging in more dialogues about the complicated intersectional issues around these injustices and ways to make them a thing of the past. I am so grateful to Katie Couric and her show for the opportunity to highlight these important issues."

-- Actress and badass trans advocate Laverne Cox, discussing her recent appearance on The Katie Show. Couric has been criticized for asking Cox and Carrera questions about genitals and surgery.

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