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WOMEN WE LOVE: Laverne Cox

Writing and illustration by Freya Bennett

If you haven’t become familiar with the radiant beauty that is Laverne Cox, then go, go now and research. I’ll wait.

I first became familiar with Laverne Cox myself after watching her stunning portrayal of Sophia Burset in Orange is the New Black. After being introduced to her wonderful, gentle-yet-sassy character on OITNB, I wanted to learn more about the woman behind the character.

Laverne Cox is a powerhouse, campaigning for LGBT rights, acting up a storm, and being the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy award in the acting category.

Laverne Cox has inspired and empowered a generation of trans kids. To have someone so successful stand proudly and say, “I am trans and trans is beautiful” is such an important thing not just for trans kids, but for everyone else as well.

I thought I would share with you some of my favourite Laverne Cox quotes, because who doesn’t love inspirational quotes?

“We are in a place now where more and more trans people want to come forward and say ‘This is who I am”’

“I transitioned 15 years ago, I’ve gotten a pretty thick skin, but there is a part that just hurts, if someone looks at me and doesn’t see me, that hurts.”

“It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist.”

“I am a person of color, working-class born to a single mother, but I stand before you tonight as an artist, an actress and a sister and a daughter, and I believe that it is important to name the multiple parts of my identity because I am not just one thing, and neither are you.”

“You are worthy… simply because of who you are.”

“I would never be so arrogant to think that someone should model their life after me. But the idea of possibility… the idea that I get to live my dreams out in public, hopefully will show to other folks that it’s possible. So I prefer the term ‘possibility model’ to ‘role model.’’’

“I believe when we love someone, we respect them, and we listen to them; we feel that their voice matters. And—and we let them dictate the terms of who they are and what their story is.”

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Freya Bennett

Freya Bennett is the Co-Founder and Director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She is a writer and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia who has a passion for youth rights and mental health. To combat her own battle with anxiety and hypochondria, you can find Freya boxing, practicing yoga, taking sertraline and swimming in the ocean. She believes in opening up about her mental health struggles and shining a light on what is not spoken about. Freya welcomed her first daughter, Aurora into the world on the 21st of November, 2017 and spends her days building blocks, reading stories and completely exhausted. With a passion for grassroots activism and creative community, Freya began Ramona Magazine as an alternative to boring, image-obsessed teen media. The magazine is founded upon Freya’s core values of creative expression, equality and kindness. You can follow her on Instagram @freyasadventures.

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