For me and my friends growing up, being told things like ‘you have to wear this because that’s what boys wear” or “dresses are for not for your body type” was frustrating and a pretty bad time.
The bottom line for me is, if someone feels happier and more comfortable in a particular ‘type’ of uniform, then that’s something that should be encouraged, not punished. Students have enough to focus on at school, having to fight to be yourself shouldn’t be added to that.
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Laverne Cox here at Minus18. We love her acting in Orange Is The New Black as Sophia, not to mention her incredible strides pushing trans activism back into the mainstream.
Having role models and amazing people like Laverne is fundamentally important to improving the lives of trans people, especially trans youth.
The darker side of the trans rights battle became evident this week, with an absolutely appalling attack on Laverne and trans people as a whole entitled “Laverne Cox Is Not A Woman” by Kevin D. Williamson over at the Chicago Sun-Times.