The June 9 issue of Time magazine features Orange is the New Black star and transgender rights activist, Laverne Cox. The cover story, “The Transgender Tipping Point”, isn’t yet available on our databases yet (look for full-text next week on Academic Search Complete), but an excerpt of Cox’s interview is available on Time’s website. I also recommend the short video below–a great behind the scenes look at her photo shoot.
We are in a place now where more and more trans people want to come forward and say ‘This is who I am.’ And more trans people are willing to tell their stories. More of us are living visibly and pursuing our dreams visibly, so people can say, ‘Oh yeah, I know someone who is trans.’ When people have points of reference that are humanizing, that demystifies difference.
If you’re not quite sure what transgender means or how gender identity is different from sexual orientation, you might also want to take a look at this glossary we’ve included on the One Book, One College site.
If you’re interested in learning more about transgender issues, the library has a variety of resources you can find through our catalog.