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Laverne Cox speaks out on trans visibility

Today is #transdayofvisibility #TDOV #TDOV2016. I have been saying for years that it is revolutionary for a trans person to be seen and known in a world that tells us we should not exist. Visibility matters. I have been so moved by the stories of trans folks all over the world who have told me that my visibility and the visibility of other trans folks has inspired them to live their truth, follow their dreams. But with visibility comes backlash. North Carolina's unconstitutional anti trans bill #HB2 is an example of that. The continued disproportionate violence against trans people is another. I have often been afraid of the potentially negative outcomes from my visibility as an out trans woman of color. Often I have been under attack because of my visibility, because I have claimed who I am out in the open. But showing up and allowing myself to be deeply seen and known has given me some of the greatest joys of my life. I believe the more we claim who we are publicly, show up and allow ourselves to be seen, insist on and fight for our humanity, for justice and equity with love and empathy we will not, cannot be erased.

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  1. March 31st, 2016 at 2:09 pm
    Tommy Marx says:

    Laverne Cox is an inspiration to all of us, regardless of how we identify ourselves. We should live in a world that celebrates the beauty in each of us, that seeks to learn from our differences instead of cringing in fear from them.

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