During her interview with Vanity Fair, Caitlyn Jenner mentioned Orange is the New Black /em>star Laverne Cox as one of the many transgender “pioneers” who made it easier for her to come out.
“Back in the ’80s, I was alone. I’m kind of following in their footsteps. They made it easier for me,” Jenner said, after citing Cox, Janet Mock, Genna Rocero and Carmen Carrera by name. “I hope, with my honesty, I can make it easier for somebody else down the line.”
Throughout the day on Monday, Cox retweeted some praise for Jenner’s Vanity Fair photo shoot, but saved her own thoughts for a lengthy blog post that mentioned both Jenner’s cover and Cox’s own historic TIME magazine cover from last year.
I am so moved by all the love and support Caitlyn is receiving. It feels like a new day, indeed, when a trans person can present her authentic self to the world for the first time and be celebrated for it so universally,” Cox wrote. “Many have commented on how gorgeous Caitlyn looks in her photos, how she is ‘slaying for the Gods.’ I must echo these comments in the vernacular, ‘Yasss Gawd! Werk Caitlyn! Get it!’
But for Cox, the presentation of Jenner was not as important as what the cover meant to Jenner’s life.
Yes, Caitlyn looks amazing and is beautiful but what I think is most beautiful about her is her heart and soul, the ways she has allowed the world into her vulnerabilities. The love and devotion she has for her family and that they have for her. Her courage to move past denial into her truth so publicly. These things are beyond beautiful to me
Cox concluded the piece by discussing trans representation, and what women like Cox and Jenner can do with their platform.
Most trans folks don’t have the privileges Caitlyn and I have now have. It is those trans folks we must continue to lift up, get them access to healthcare, jobs, housing, safe streets, safe schools and homes for our young people. We must lift up the stories of those most at risk, statistically trans people of color who are poor and working class. I have hoped over the past few years that the incredible love I have received from the public can translate to the lives of all trans folks. Trans folks of all races, gender expressions, ability, sexual orientations, classes, immigration status, employment status, transition status, genital status etc. I hope, as I know Caitlyn does, that the love she is receiving can translate into changing hearts and minds about who all trans people are as well as shifting public policies to fully support the lives and well being of all of us. The struggle continues…