Laverne Cox, who rose to stardom as a stylish hair slayer in the Netflix original Orange is the New Black, has been breaking down barriers since she first stepped on to the scene. Now, the actress has taken things a step further by doing something none of us ever saw coming. She’s posing nude in this month’s issue of Allure magazine.
Cox told Allure that at first she was hesitant to do the spread. Eventually she decided that she didn’t want to do it at all. But then something happened. She realized just how awesome it would be.
“But I’m a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for communities that I represent. Black women are not often told that we’re beautiful unless we align with certain standards. Trans women certainly are not told we’re beautiful. Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about her body might be inspiring for some folks. There’s a beauty in the things we think are imperfect. It sounds very cliché, but it’s true.”
The issue also featured images from ladies such as Jordana Brewster, Nicole Beharie, Katheryn Winnick and Sandrine Holt. All I can say is, you go girl! You look flawless. As you can imagine, this picture has stirred up some debate. The truth is, people still don’t understand what it means to be transgender.
One man in particular seemed really pissed when he got wind that Laverne had been invited to speak at Loyola University Chicago, a Catholic University. Cox will in fact, be speaking at the University today.
Typically, when she speaks, she talks about what it means to be Black and transgender, and the obstacles she’s had to overcome. Here’s a quote from her one of her speeches at ASU.
“‘One of the biggest obstacles facing the transgender community are points of view which disendow our identities, points of view that suggest no matter what we do, we are always and only the gender we were assigned at birth, points of view that suggest that no matter what kind you are, you will never be a woman,’ Cox said. ‘Yet, ain’t I a woman?’”
I can’t imagine that Cox will change her direction much, simply because she’s speaking at a Catholic University. One writer by the name of Dominic Lynch, however, can’t seem to understand why Loyola even invited Laverne in the first place.
“Given this, why is a Catholic school hosting a transgender advocate on its campus to promote the trans platform?”
“Catholic-American universities have a fine line to walk sometimes. On the one hand, they must promote and protect the freedom of speech. On the other hand, they must promote, defend, and protect their Catholic faith. But in what world is it acceptable to host someone who blatantly and unapologetically stands for the exact opposite of what the institution stands for? And how is it acceptable to give such a person a platform to emphasize that opposition? How the university thought this was a good idea defies explanation,” he wrote on thefederalist.com
When he reached out to the University for answers, here’s what they told him:
At Loyola, we welcome and foster an open exchange of ideas and encourage debate and sharing differing views and opinions to advance education as we believe such discussion is integral to higher education and our Jesuit, Catholic identity. We believe that discussion around difficult and complex issues results in deeper critical thinking skills and well-rounded citizens. Exploring complex issues with many different perspectives is a mark of strength and vitality and we do not shy away from discussing controversial topics.
Welp. Guess you got your answer, didn’t ya Dominic?