Yaaassss! Laverne Cox has an MTV documentary premiering October 17, titled “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word.” The documentary will feature profiles of seven transgender people ranging in age from 12 to 24. Cox will act as host of the documentary, discussing aspects of being transgender like coming out and how race and trans identities interact.
Is Laverne Cox unstoppable? I’m pretty sure she is. In the last two years, she’s played Sophia on “Orange Is The New Black,” was featured in V and Essence, and made the cover of TIME, was awarded for her advocacy by GLAAD and Out, appeared in a John Legend video, and she’s worked with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Werk. [MTV]
Facebook met with a group of queer activists on Wednesday to discuss how its policy forcing members to use their legal name as printed on their driver’s license, credit card, or student ID discriminates against members of the LGBT community, and trans* people and drag queens in particular — and didn’t budge on the policy. Facebook will reinstate suspended accounts for two weeks, giving those members time to decide whether they want to change their names, convert their profiles to pages, or leave the platform, after which the company will begin to suspend accounts again. Keep reading »
“I always dreamt of being a girl. … I was proud of my gender nonconforming career. But my biggest dream was to be comfortable in my own body. I have to be true to myself and the career is just going to have to fit around that. … Every day is like a new revelation. I’m more comfortable than ever. I feel at a 100 percent.”
In an interview with People, model Andreja Pejic, 22, whose androgynous look made waves in the fashion industry, officially announced that she — formerly known as Andrej — underwent sex reassignment surgery earlier this year and identifies as a trans woman. In 2011, Pejic became a breakout star of the fashion world, walking both the menswear and womenswear runways, including donning a wedding dress for legendary designer Jean Paul Gautier. Pejic had known since she was very young that she “always wanted to be a girl,” dressing up in skirts and playing with dolls. Social pressure forced her to conform to traditional male gender roles, but when she was 13, a Google search opened up a whole new world of understanding. “I went into the library and typed ‘sex change’ into Google and my life changed,” she told People. “The Internet gave me the sense that there were words to describe my feelings and medical terms.” Keep reading »
Many media outlets reported that R. Kelly’s child, Jaya Kelly came out as a transgender boy. Reports claim that Jaya would prefer to be called “Jay” and “dresses in boys clothing and emulates the testosterone fueled behavior of boys in her peer group.” Many members of the media reported on this discovery in such an insensitive and uneducated way, that it made me believe that many of us are confused about how to talk about a trans person or are so wrapped up in our own beliefs of sexuality, that insensitivity becomes the default. Read more on Hello Beautiful…