It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Laverne Cox here at Minus18. We love her acting in Orange Is The New Black as Sophia, not to mention her incredible strides pushing trans activism back into the mainstream.
Having role models and amazing people like Laverne is fundamentally important to improving the lives of trans people, especially trans youth.
The darker side of the trans rights battle became evident this week, with an absolutely appalling attack on Laverne and trans people as a whole entitled “Laverne Cox Is Not A Woman” by Kevin D. Williamson over at the Chicago Sun-Times.
Here’s our take on why Laverne Cox and other like her are so important, and why Williamson is dead wrong.