In an interview for The Cut’s “Women and Power” series, trans actress and activist Laverne Cox spoke about the time she counseled Caitlyn Jenner on her decision to come out as trans.
She said: “I don’t know if a lot of people know that I’m the first transgender person that Caitlyn Jenner ever talked to..
“A friend of mine called me and said, ‘The tabloid rumours are true. Caitlyn is trans and she’s never talked to a trans person before. Can you talk to her?
“We talked for a couple of hours and it was lovely. After she came out, people were constantly asking me about her. Initially I was like, ‘I’m not going to say anything about her until she speaks for herself.’
“After her Diane Sawyer interview, I did talk about her, and what I remember saying at the time was that it is so important that we have diverse representation for trans people — that we’re not all the same and that some people might not connect to my story, but they might connect to hers.”
But then, of course, we learned that she’s a rabid, unapologetic Right Wing Republican, and it became apparent that few trans people would ever be able to connect to her.
Cox admits: “It became difficult to support her, because of some of her politics. I’ve been very intentional about not talking about her, mainly because she’s become so divisive.
“But I have love for her. She’s still a human being.”
Well, that’s nice, I suppose.
She’s certainly a better person than me, because I have no love for the willfully ignorant.
(via PinkNews; photos: Avalon Red)