BY Taia Handlin
on Oct 22, 2015
What. What. WHAT. Laverne Cox will play Frank-N-Furter, the sexually intoxicating and incredibly bizarre alien, in the new live TV production of Rocky Horror Picture Show. We are beyond pumped.
Before all the diehard Tim Curry fans get up on their high horse to tell us that nobody can do the role like he did, let us remind you all: Hollywood has a long, history of casting straight, cis talent to play LGBT characters; one of the latest examples is Elle Fanning playing a teenage trans-boy in About Ray. Read More
BY Samantha Baumgartner
on Aug 10, 2015
Having sex is completely normal. I have it, you may have had it (and it’s totally okay if you haven’t), and the person sitting next to you probably has too.
You’re probably thinking, “Yeah, Samantha, it’s the 21st Century, duh it’s normal.” Unfortunately, sex is still as taboo as it was when we were growing up. Read More
We’re loving Feminist Thought Bubble, 20-year-old Molly Williams' Instagram account. Molly draws fictional and real-life women “who don’t buy into your casual sexist BS.” The intersectional and very charming Instagram addresses issues such as trans rights, consent, and gender identity. “Most people who argue that women do not experience oppression have never taken the time to actually listen to diverse groups of women describe their experiences and feelings,” Molly told The Huffington Post. Her art shows one awesome way of understanding. Read More
Last week we wrote about John Oliver’s coverage of the harassment women face online, which we thought was pretty great, but this week’s segment on transgender rights was amazing on a whole new level.
Now, it’s a legitimate criticism that we shouldn’t be patting mainstream media white guys on the back for bringing attention to important issues of marginalized groups. However, Oliver is using his substantial platform to provide truly empathetic education about transgender rights. He is doing the requisite work for being an ally. Read More
BY Isabel Bartholomew
on Jun 18, 2015
We will assume you’ve finished binge-watching season three of Orange Is The New Black by now (I haven’t, so no spoilers or I’ll cry) so you must be as madly in love with Ruby Rose as we are here at BUST. In an awesome interview with Elle, Ruby Rose discusses gender fluidity and the freedom that comes with working on such a positive, female-driven TV show. Read More
BY Olivia Harrison
on Jun 15, 2015
So this is pretty awesome: Illustrator Yehuon Chung has depicted a few of our favorite Orange is the New Black characters as their corresponding Disney women through realistic portraits.
According to Chung, "My main goal was to seamlessly combine the two characters while not having one overshadow the other. I tried to maintain the sharp and edgy tone from Orange is the New Black, while accentuating the Disney characteristics with vibrant colors." Chung’s amazing illustrations capture unexpected parallels between the stories of the inmates and Disney stars. Read More
BY Alice Lawton
on Jun 15, 2015
Everyone should get the chance to meet one of their role models—it’s a little thing, but can mean so much. One young transgender girl got to do that recently when she met Laverne Cox.
M. is seven. Her mother runs a blog, Gendermom, “a chronicle of fun and fear, or, daily life with my young trans daughter.” Cox visited their town to speak about Trans issues and inspire the masses. Gendermom doesn’t think M. understood too much about the speech, but she hopes that what M. Read More
Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover has garnered worldwide attention. Jenner, along with fellow trans activists like Laverne Cox and Janet Mock, have been using this media coverage to raise awareness of important trans issues.
We, like Jon Stewart in the video below, were wary about how the media would treat Caitlyn, but the response has been surprisingly and overwhelmingly respectful of her transition with many anchors calling her an inspiration. Read More
In a beautiful post on her personal Tumblr today, BUST cover girl Laverne Cox saluted Caitlyn Jenner’s bravery, character, and beauty — on the inside and out. Cox echoed commenters’ praise, love, and support for Jenner, while also adding her own perspective on the cis-normative beauty standards perpetuated by the media.
“In certain lighting, at certain angles,” says Cox, “I am able to embody certain cis-normative beauty standards. Read More
Orange is the New Black ’s Laverne Cox is an accomplished actress, outspoken trans-rights activist, and boundary-busting sex symbol whose unique pop-culture platform is helping her change the world.
I’VE INTERVIEWED A few celebrities in my day, but Laverne Cox is the first to mention “cis-normative, hetero-normative, imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy” within the first ten minutes. Or, you know, at all. By the time we’re done chatting in N.Y.C. Read More