Laverne Cox Has the Best Response to Caitlyn Jenner’s Photo Shoot

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Laverne Cox took to her personal blog to express her thoughts on the responses to Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair photo shoot.

“On May 29, 2014, the issue of timemagazine magazine which proclaimed the “Transgender Tipping Point” was revealed with me on the cover. June 1, 2015 a year and 3 days later, Caitlyn Jenner’s vanityfair cover was revealed proclaiming #CallMeCaitlyn I am so moved by all the love and support Caitlyn is receiving. It feels like a new day, indeed, when a trans person can present her authentic self to the world for the first time and be celebrated for it so universally. Many have commented on how gorgeous Caitlyn looks in her photos, how she is “slaying for the Gods.” I must echo these comments in the vernacular, “Yasss Gawd! Werk Caitlyn! Get it!” But this has made me reflect critically on my own desires to ‘work a photo shoot’, to serve up various forms of glamour, power, sexiness, body affirming, racially empowering images of the various sides of my black, trans womanhood. I love working a photo shoot and creating inspiring images for my fans, for the world and above all for myself. But I also hope that it is my talent, my intelligence, my heart and spirit that most captivate, inspire, move and encourage folks to think more critically about the world around them. Yes, Caitlyn looks amazing and is beautiful but what I think is most beautiful about her is her heart and soul, the ways she has allowed the world into her vulnerabilities. The love and devotion she has for her family and that they have for her. Her courage to move past denial into her truth so publicly. These things are beyond beautiful to me. 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 that doesn’t represent most trans people. (It was news to be that I am drop dead gorgeous but I’ll certainly take it). But what I think they meant is that 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 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. No one or two or three trans people can. This is why we need diverse media representations of trans folks to multiply trans narratives in the media and depict our beautiful diversities.”

Read the entire post here.

Photo: Laverne Cox/Tumblr

Leaked emails from BET executive confirm B. Scott’s allegations of discrimination awards

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A few months ago, we reported on B. Scott’s experience at last year’s BET Awards. The blogger and critic was hired by the network as a red carpet correspondent for the show.

After the event, Scott wrote a blog about network executives demanding a wardrobe change and then filed a lawsuit. 

Now, leaked emails suggest that Scott’s allegations have merit. Executives not only wanted a “more manly” B. Scott on the red carpet, but instructed the star on how to “spin” the PR disaster after news of Scott’s allegations became public. 

Robin Roberts comes out

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“Good Morning America” anchor and long-time television journalist Robin Roberts publicly acknowledged her sexuality for the first time in a Facebook post on Sunday.

Roberts, 53, has been very open about her health battles, but has not previously confirmed publicly that she is in a same-sex relationship. 

Morehouse College releases ‘Body Issue’ to highlight abuse, black sexuality

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“The Maroon Tiger,” Morehouse College’s student newspaper, has released their version of ESPN’s “The Body Issue” in response to apprehension of HBCUs when discussing issues related to black sexuality and bodies.

Out of the college’s 146 year existence, just last year the institution started to open up about black sexuality by adding a LGBT studies course to its curricula.

Other black institutions have followed suit, but the process is still very slow.

NBA star Jason Collins made history, but is his career history because of it?

Earlier this year, NBA free agent Jason Collins made history when he broke his silence by Collins was the first active player to ever declare his homosexuality in the Big Three U.S. sports leagues.

He was praised by teammates, officials in the league and the general population, but still remains unemployed. 

From The Nation:

But now just for being himself, after a career as the epitome of a “team player”, he has been labeled “a distraction” and finds himself on the outside looking in at the start of the NBA season. I attempted to reach out to Jason Collins and ask him about his status as a man without a team, but, as I heard from several people close to the veteran seven-footer, he is not talking. 

Tennessee Divinity school appoints openly gay black woman as dean

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Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tn., has appointed it’s first openly-gay black female dean.

Described as a “liberal oasis,” the institution appointed Emilie Townes as the 16th dean of the school.

The school’s “Commitments” page states that it recognizes  “the rights of lesbians and gay men within the religious community and the need for the eradication of civil discrimination based on sexual orientation.”