I don’t know what’s to dislike more – the fact that Katie “I’m no airhead, really, what? What?” Couric called us “transgenders,” or the fact that just like a sex-starved badger she went straight for the crotch. After the preliminaries of making some small talk, she asked about surgery and their bodies. Transgender model Carmen Carrera dropped back 10 and punted to transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox, who laid down the law with Couric.
“I do feel there is a preoccupation with that. The preoccupation with transition and surgery objectifies trans people. And then we don’t get to really deal with the real lived experiences. The reality of trans people’s lives is that so often we are targets of violence. We experience discrimination disproportionately to the rest of the community. Our unemployment rate is twice the national average; if you are a trans person of color, that rate is four times the national average. The homicide rate is highest among trans women. If we focus on transition, we don’t actually get to talk about those things.” – Laverne Cox