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:
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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