As GOP politicians and right wind Christians continue to try to demonize LGBT people and literally criminalize the very existences of transgender people, the sane and non-bigoted among us continue to recognize their rights as people, and to celebrate visible transgender celebrities. Recently Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) came out as a transgender woman, first in an interview with Diane Sawyer, and then, in her first public appearance as a woman, was featured on the cover of Vanity Fair. Outside of the completely expected bigoted reaction from conservatives, the response has been mostly welcoming and positive.
Well, now, we have yet another milestone in transgender visibility and equality to celebrate. Laverne Cox, the transgender woman who stars in Netflix’s wildly popular show Orange is the New Black has been selected to make history and become the first transgender person to be featured as a wax figure at Madame Tussauds in San Francisco. This is a prestigious honor for anyone, and even more so as Cox’s inclusion will make history.
Cox says of the decision to include her:
When I think about being who I am, a black trans woman from a working class background raised in Mobile, Alabama, this honor feels even more improbable and extraordinary. I hope that this will be a source of inspiration for every one who encounters it to believe that their dreams matter and are possible.
She is so right. Times, they are changing, and definitely for the better. I couldn’t be happier for Laverne Cox’s selection by Madame Tussauds. She is a member of some of the most traditionally oppressed minorities in America, yet her talent and influence has helped her overcome society’s stigmas and injustices to become one of the most influential women in America. From the cover of Time to being immortalized in wax, Laverne Cox has truly made her mark. Well done.
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