The Laverne Cox Effect


Laverne Cox's breakout role in "Orange Is the New Black" was a watershed moment for transgender representation on television. Cristen and Caroline talk to trans activist and writer Raquel Willis about Cox's Hollywood activism, the Caitlyn Jenner interview and trans representation progress that still needs to be made.

Episode Sources:

"'Transgender Today' Calls Trans Allies to Listen" http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2015/05/05/_transgender_today_the_new_york_times_trans_advocacy_project_is_amazing.html?wpsrc=fol_tw

"Transgender Hollywood: Will Bruce Jenner Change the Industry?" http://variety.com/2015/film/news/laverne-cox-transgender-hollywood-orange-is-the-new-black-bruce-jenner-1201486886/

"What's Behind the Rise of Transgender TV" http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/whats-behind-rise-transgender-tv-735016

"What Transgender Looks Like in Pop Culture" http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/06/06/laverne-cox-and-the-state-of-trans-representation-in-pop-culture

GLAAD Publications: https://www.glaad.org/publications/victims-or-villains-examining-ten-years-transgender-images-t

"Guest Post - Tragic Tropes: Transgender Representation in Contemporary Culture" http://www.geekmelange.com/2014/03/tragic-tropes-transgender-representation/

"21 Times Actors Who Aren't Actually Transgender Have Played Trans Characters" http://www.buzzfeed.com/rafeposey/21-times-cisgender-actors-played-transgender-characters#.arAKGKgKjV

"Transgender characters that changed film and television" http://www.glaad.org/blog/transgender-characters-changed-film-and-television-transwk

"11 Ways 2014 Was the Biggest Year in Transgender History" http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/11-ways-2014-was-the-biggest-year-in-transgender-history-20141223

"Gender trouble on 'The L Word'" http://www.afterellen.com/tv/4346-gender-trouble-on-the-l-word

"Unique returns to 'Glee' with 200-person transgender choir to support Coach Beiste" http://www.glaad.org/blog/unique-returns-glee-200-person-transgender-choir-support-coach-beiste

"The Trans Characters That Changed TV and Film" http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/2012/11/19/trans-characters-changed-tv-and-film

More from Raquel:

At Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/raquel-willis/

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/raquelwillis_

On tumblr: http://raquelwillis.tumblr.com/

As part of The New York Times' "Transgender Today" series: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/storywall/transgender-today/stories/raquel-willis

Topics in this Podcast: television, lgbt, orange is the new black, transgender

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