The Internet is rightfully up in arms over Time magazine’s snub of Laverne Cox from its “100 Most Influential People” list.
The "Orange Is the New Black" actress earned the fifth highest number of votes from the magazine’s online poll, yet she was nowhere to be found in its print issue.
Time wouldn’t give a comment over the omission, therefore leading us to believe that there's only one possible explanation: Laverne is just TOO influential.
1. She’s a transgender activist.
2. She’s one of the most visible trans persons of color in media at the moment.
3. She’s the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted TV show.
She plays Sophia Burset on the critically-acclaimed comedy.
4. She has a bigger picture in mind than simply making Time’s list.
#lavernehive thanks so much. I am deeply moved by your outpouring of unwavering love & support. This feels like the change we need 2 c— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) April 25, 2014
5. She’s a renowned speaker on trans issues and has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, HLN and more.
6. She’s the first trans woman of color to produce and star in her own TV show, "TRANSForm Me" on VH1.
It was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award.
7. She was also the first trans person to appear on an American reality television program, "I Wanna Work for Diddy," which was also on VH1.
8. Just this past April, she won the Stephen F. Kolzak Award for her transgender community advocacy.
9. She gave the best response ever to Katie Couric when her questioning became fixated on her surgeries.
“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.”
10. Laverne’s just all kinds of fab-YAAASS-lous.