By Alex Temblador
Today we woke up and saw a beautiful and breathtaking Lady of Liberty on the cover of Entertainment Weekly’s LGBT Issue: Laverne Cox. Titled “America’s Transformation,” the cover features Laverne Cox, actress and advocate for LGBT rights. This is a great honor for Cox considering that this is Entertainment Weekly’s first LGBT issue in 15 years! And they couldn’t have picked a better woman to grace the cover and we have 10 reasons why:
- Laverne Cox is one of the most famous transgender stars in Hollywood thanks to Orange Is The New Black.
- Cox lifts up other transgender stars like Caitlyn Jenner during their transition.
“Caitlyn looks amazing and is beautiful but what I think is most beautiful about her is her heart and soul… Her courage to move past denial into her truth so publicly. These things are beyond beautiful to me.”
- She is releasing a documentary called Free CeCe in order to raise awareness surrounding CeCe McDonald, a transgender woman who was controversially sentenced to 41 months in prison for second degree manslaughter after allegedly defending herself against a racist and transphobic attack.
- She stayed true to who she was despite being bullied as a kid and trying to commit suicide.
- Laverne Cox will be the first transgender person to have a wax figure at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.
- Her advocacy and work as an actress landed her on Time Magazine which gave her the platform to talk about the transgender movement.
“We’re being able to write our stories and we’re being able to talk back to the media… We are the reason. And we are setting the agenda in a different way.”
- She was one of Glamour’s 2014 Women of the Year.
- Cox was the first transgender woman of color to produce and star in her own television show, VH1’sTRANSForm Me which was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award.
- She doesn’t shy away from discussing what it means to be black and transgender.
“When I was perceived as a black man I became a threat to public safety. When I was dressed as myself, it was my safety that was threatened. It was usually other black people who policed my gender, called me out, or made fun of me on subways, street corners, and in delicatessens. I believe it is because I am also black that I became their target. These same folks would often ignore white trans and gender nonconforming folks in the same spaces…Systemic racism not only encourages the state and non-black individuals to police and monitor black bodies, white supremacy encourages other black folks to do so as well.”
- An absolutely beautiful woman with a strong presence of body, mind, and soul, by being herself Laverne Cox will continue to make changes in the world, on and off the screen.
“I just have to be myself. I’m not perfect and I’m going to make mistakes, I might say the wrong thing. I have to responsible to my community and I feel like I am, but then I have to not be so hard on myself.”