“When a baby is born, one of the first question asked when is it a boy, or is it a girl? But what if it’s not that simple?” The question, posed by actress and advocate Laverne Cox, sets the stage for the hour-long documentary, “ Laverne Cox Presents: The T-Word.” Cox, an executive producer on the project as well as the host, takes viewers into the lives of seven different transgender youth, ranging in age from 12 to 24.
The stories of these young men and women provide a face, a name, and a reality to the horrifying statistics related to the trans experience. Trans men and women face significant challenges at both systemic and daily levels. A 2014 National Transgender Discrimination Survey Report looked at the data to better understand why 41 percent of people who are trandgender or gender nonconforming have attempted suicide, a staggering nine times higher than the national average. Homelessness, which is especially prevalent in trans youth, was a large factor, with 69 percent of homeless transgender people reporting they had tried to kill themselves. Many are also victims of domestic violence, at the hands of both family and friends, according to a report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence programs, people who identify as transgender are 28% more likely to experience violence than those who are gender normative. Transphobia and trans discrimination and violence are still all too real in this country, despite the increased visibility of high profile transgender people like Laverne Cox, Janet Mock and many others. Keep reading »
The New York Department of Health has proposed a new process by which transgender New Yorkers could change their sex on their birth certificates without having to get convertive surgery. Under the proposal, trans* citizens would only have to get an affidavit or affirmation from one of any number of healthcare professionals. City Councilman Cory Johnson has introduced legislation that would amend the language in the administrative code. Keep reading »
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 »