Thursday, May 29, 2014

Laverne Cox TIME Cover (Audio)


Our good friend & LGBT activist Laverne Cox is gracing the cover of TIME Magazine in a story by Katy Steinmetz entitled THE TRANSGENDER TIPPING POINT America's Next Civil Rights Frontier, which addresses transgender awareness in America. It’s estimated that out of 1.5 million trans people in the U.S. nearly 1 in 4 say they have lost a job because of their gender status. Trans activists are now pushing for new policies in schools, hospitals, workplaces & the military. TIME's cover story traces this cultural sea change telling the stories of trans people across America, including Orange Is the New Black actor Laverne Cox, a Google software-engineer, a former National Guardsman & a 17 year-old trans girl who made history as homecoming queen. Laverne stated, "We are in a place now where more & more trans people want to come forward & say, ‘This is who I am.’ And more trans people are willing to tell their stories. More of us are living visibly & pursuing our dreams visibly, so people can say, ‘Oh yeah, I know someone who is trans.’ When people have points of reference that are humanizing, that demystifies difference.”
Read TIME Article… Cox was honored with GLAAD’s Stephen F. Kolzak Award in LA in April. Earlier this month I talked to Laverne on the Red Carpet at the NYC GLAAD Media Awards about how she was dealing with her fabulous career in this exclusive audio byte:
 
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