It was hard to miss the unveiled Vanity Fair cover with Caitlyn Jenner, the Olympian formerly known as Bruce Jenner, on the cover. Many commented on how beautiful she looked and general support. But leave it to actress and activist Laverne Cox to really put things in perspective:
“A year ago when my Time magazine cover came out I saw posts from many trans folks saying that I am ‘drop dead gorgeous’ and that doesn’t represent most trans people…. In certain lighting, at certain angles I am able to embody certain cisnormative beauty standards. Now, there are many trans folks because of genetics and/or lack of material access who will never be able to embody these standards. More importantly many trans folks don’t want to embody them and we shouldn’t have to be seen as ourselves and respected as ourselves. It is important to note that these standards are also informed by race, class and ability among other intersections. I have always been aware that I can never represent all trans people. … This is why we need diverse media representations of trans folks to multiply trans narratives in the media and depict our beautiful diversities.”
Team Blackness also discussed Tom Hanks’s wayward rapper son “Chet Haze” and how the more TV you watch can make you more biased against black people.