bell hooks is not a fan of Orange is the New Black, she said during a public dialogue with Laverne Cox. Cox plays transgender woman Sophia Burset on the show, which is often lauded for the unprecedented cast diversity and LGBTQ themes. The dialogue was held at The New School on Tuesday, but thanks to technology, you can watch it anytime you'd like.
Later in the talk, hooks turns the conversation toward justice and transgression, and our favorite question, ... Read More
Australian supermodel and budding actress Andrej Pejic – now known as Andreja - has come out as a trans woman, sharing her transition with the world through her Facebook page and an interview with People magazine.
Pejic told People, “One of my earliest memories is spinning around in my mom's skirt trying to look like a ballerina,” but that she truly came to terms with her gender at age 13. It was then that she discovered the terminology for ... Read More
I write this article from a loving place. John Legend is my mom’s favorite artist, and I’ve been conditioned to enjoy his smooth R&B style. I’m not a diehard fan, but I definitely agree that he and his music are cool.
However, liking a celebrity doesn’t mean it’s my job to defend problematic behavior. Personally, I think it means the opposite. Since I respect this person, I want them to do better. ... Read More
BY Isabel Staccuneddu
on Jul 17, 2014
Can I get an “Amen,” please? The wonderful Laverne Cox has made herstory as the first out trans person to ever be nominated for an Emmy in acting! Tune in for the results on August 25th at 8PM (EST) on NBC.
The “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series” nomination celebrates her portrayal of Sophia Burset, the beauty extraordinaire of Litchfield Correctional Facility on “Orange is the New Black”. A ... Read More
BY Elle Brosh
on Jun 11, 2014
In January, Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox and transgender model Carmen Carrera sat down with Katie Couric to discuss their blossoming careers, future pursuits, and their experiences as high profile transgender women. After just a short moment of talk-show-interrogation-style questions, Couric hit a knowledge barrier. Although the intent of Couric’s questioning was to “educate” the public about the trans community, her misuse of ... Read More
BY Mary Rockcastle
on Jun 03, 2014
I have some choice words for Kevin D. Williamson, roving correspondent of the National Review. Kevin wrote an article for the online publication, which was reprinted in the Chicago Sun-Times, stating that actress and activist Laverne Cox is not a woman.
Yeah, I know, let that sink in for a minute. This white male is trying to tell anyone who will listen that the revolutionary transgender activist is in fact not the gender she identifies with simply because she was ... Read More
BY Michelle Beiter
on Apr 30, 2014
Laverne Cox, star of Orange Is The New Black and activist for trans* rights, awareness and visibility is at work with Logo and MTV to produce a new documentary that will follow the lives of four transgendered teens and young adults between the ages of 14-24. This new film will proceed Cox’s previous production debut: a documentary on the life and case of CeCe McDonald, a TWOC that was arrested and charged with accidental murder after defending herself from a ... Read More
BY Sandi Esposito
on Dec 05, 2013
Flavorwire delivers a healthy dose of diversity with its spot-on list of the Most Fascinating People of 2013. An inspiring reminder that game-changers still exist within the mainstream, the list includes sub cultural icons such as riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna and barrier-defying Orange is the New Black actress Laverne Cox.
The list feels fresh and evokes a universal sense of gratitude for this year’s trail blazing artists. With ... Read More
BY Rachael Roth
on Nov 05, 2013
Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia Burset on Orange is the New Black, encourages you to sign this petition, and ask your senator to vote to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), on Thursday.
In a letter written for the National Center for Transgender Equality, Cox, who is an out transgender woman, writes that 26% of transgender people have been fired because of their gender identity, and 78% have been disrespected or discriminated against in the work ... Read More
BY Adrienne Tooley
on Sep 19, 2013
There’s nothing like a slideshow to get a girl excited about feminism. While that sounds like the single most sarcastic sentence in the history of the world, I promise it was meant in earnest.
Refinery 29 just released a slideshow, “17 Feminists of the Future,” that showcases some of the women (& men!) who are currently working tirelessly to better the future for women everywhere.
Included on the list are familiar names like Sheryl ... Read More