Yes, I am writing about a woman on a blog called Manhunt Daily. You might have a problem with this, since most likely, you are a man who’s here to look at other men. Maybe you totally hate women. Or perhaps, on a slightly less extreme note, you dislike viewing their various lady parts. Whatever the case may be, you can stop reading this post any time you want! You might have already stopped, and you might be leaving a comment right now (without reading the post) about how much you don’t want to see a woman on here.
If that’s true, I kind of feel sorry for you and your entire existence! You’re going to miss out on what a phenomenal woman Laverne Cox is. The transgender actress played the role of Sophia on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, appearing in some of the most emotionally riveting scenes the show had to offer. More recently, she wrote a piece for The New York Times entitled “The Bullies Don’t Draw A Distinction“. Here’s an excerpt, for your reading pleasure:
“Many in the trans community are fed up with L.G.B.T. organizations that continue to erase trans identity or just give lip service to trans issues. We need our cisgender allies – gay and straight – to treat transgender lives as if they matter, and trans people need multiple seats at the tables in the organizations that say they’re interested in L.G.B.T. equality; this absence has been painful since Stonewall…
“Everyone has a stake in ending the stigma against trans identities, but gay people may have a more personal interest. When kids are bullied and called anti-gay slurs, it’s rarely because the victim seemed to be attracted to members of the same sex. It’s because the child did not conform to gender expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth. The bullies might yell ‘gay’, but it’s about gender expression.”
You can read the full piece here, and when you’re done, take a moment to consider why the “T” in LGBT is so often cast aside (or forgotten) in our discussions of equality. You might think their problems aren’t your problems, and their gender identity or gender expression has nothing to do with your sexuality… But, nope, you are wrong! Sorry.