We are so incredibly moved by her words!
Well how does a fellow transgender activist feel about the athlete’s big reveal?!
Laverne Cox absolutely loves it!
On that same day, the Orange Is The New Black actress posted on her Tumblr a moving essay on how the Olympian’s magazine spread will truly help those dealing with their sexuality!
The 31-year-old 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.”
We completely agree!
However, while many showered Miz Jenner with praise about how fantastic she looks, Miz Cox believes this shouldn’t be the main takeaway point.
“Many have commented on how gorgeous Caitlyn looks in her photos, how she is “slaying for the Gods.” I must echo these comments in the vernacular, “Yasss Gawd! Werk Caitlyn! Get it!” ├óΓé¼┬ª Yes, Caitlyn looks amazing and is beautiful but what I think is most beautiful about her is her heart and soul, the ways she has allowed the world into her vulnerabilities. The love and devotion she has for her family and that they have for her. Her courage to move past denial into her truth so publicly. These things are beyond beautiful to me.”
In fact, the Alabama-native believes the reality TV star’s presence can inspire other transgendered individuals to share their unique stories to the world and to not rely on their looks to do so.
“This is why we need diverse media representstions of trans folks to multiply trans narratives in the media and depict our beautiful diversities. I started #TransIsBeautiful as a way to celebrate all those things that make trans folks uniquely trans, those things that don’t necessarily align with cisnormative beauty standards. For me it is necessary everyday to celebrate every aspect of myself especially those things about myself that don’t align with other people’s ideas about what is beautiful. #TransIsBeautiful is about, whether you’re trans or not, celebrating all those things that make us uniquely ourselves.”
Overall, Laverne hopes that Caitlyn’s message of self-acceptance can help the trans community receive better treatment in society.
“Most trans folks don’t have the privileges Caitlyn and I have now have. It is those trans folks we must continue to lift up, get them access to healthcare, jobs, housing, safe streets, safe schools and homes for our young people├óΓé¼┬ª 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.”
We are so touched by Laverne’s words and hope that her message persuades others to become more tolerant and less judgmental!