Laverne Cox has been the recipient of praise from all over the Internet following her beautifully concise response to Katie Couric’s reference to trans people’s genitalia, on the episode of the “Today” show that aired on Monday, January 6.
Earlier in the show, Couric had asked Carmen Carrera about her “private parts,” to which Carrera swiftly rebuffed the question, saying there is a too much of a preoccupation with the physical aspects of the transgender experience.
When transgender activist Cox joined the show, she was asked her thoughts on the subject, to which she responded, “I do feel there is a preoccupation with that. The preoccupation with transition and surgery objectifies trans people. And then we don’t get to really deal with the real lived experiences.”
On Thursday morning, January 9, Cox responded to the overwhelming support she received following the interview on her Tumblr page.
I am so deeply moved by the dialogues that are happening around my appearance with Carmen Carrera on “The Katie Show” on Monday. It is my dream that by highlighting the deep humanity of trans people’s lives in the media, elevating actual trans voices to speak the truth of our lived experiences in ways that don’t sensationalize and objectify us, those human voices and stories can be a part of the disruption needed to end the disproportionate injustices that threaten so many trans people’s lives, particularly the lives of trans women of color. It is a state of emergency for far too many trans people across this country. The stories of women like Islan Nettles and CeCe McDonald are far too commonplace in our community. I look forward to engaging in more dialogues about the complicated intersectional issues around these injustices and ways to make them a thing of the past. I am so grateful to Katie Couric and her show for the opportunity to highlight these important issues. #JusticeForIslanNettles #FreeCeCe #katiecouric #carmencarrera #transgender #girlslikeus #twoc #oitnb