In other words, I want a tita like Laverne Cox.
For those who don't know, Laverne Cox is currently one of the phenomenal women of today in American media. As a transgender woman (male to female), Laverne has been through a lot in her life. At the age of 11 she attempted suicide because she had developed romantic feelings for a male classmate of hers. Through the years she has suffered at the hands of bullies in school and society for not acting to the assigned attitude of her sex, just like any other trans teen. But of course, if there's anything commendable about her, it's her courage. She pushed on and arrived where she is now. (x)
First Transgender woman
The success Laverne Cox has achieved in her life so far serves as a beacon of hope for transgenders everywhere. It is important to remind them that they are capable of so much unlike what society tells them. It is important to get representation in media these days and Laverne Cox is doing just that. But of course, she isn't just going to limit herself on the silver screen.
Get the word out
Just be open. Treat transgender people as actual individuals, as actual human beings. Do not pester them about their transition, slightly hinting that they are more of a successful science experiment rather than someone becoming who they truly are after being trapped inside the wrong body since birth (remember that Katie Couric interview?)
This is why I want her as my tita. She understands being different. She will assure me that being different is okay. She gives me hope. She gives me courage. She gives all of us whoever thought that they deserved to die because society tells them to courage to keep living. To fight. To win.
- Anna Cayco
illustration by Frances Seno
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