RBG and Laverne are giving me life today.

Supreme Queen Ruth Bader Ginsburg was named to Time magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People and this is the photo they posted. It is amazing. The write up that goes with it, by Justice Scalia is boring but nice. But this photo. I love it.

Laverne Cox, transgender activist and icon, actress, all around badass and babe, was also named to the TIME 100 list, which is amazing. She was snubbed last year which the trans community and EVERYONE was upset about. I lovelovelove that the blurb about Laverne was written by Jazz Jennings, who is an amazing young  trans woman who is also a LGBTQ activist and YouTube star. The photo used in Time for Ms. Cox is beautiful, but today Allure released photos for their annual Nude issue, and Laverne’s is SO AMAZING.

How beautiful is this? And so powerful. Here’s what she had to say about this:

“I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again,” she says. “But I’m a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for the 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 herself might be inspiring to some other folks. There’s beauty in the things we think are imperfect. That sounds very cliché, but it’s true.” Cox wanted these pictures for herself, too: “I honestly just want to make myself happy most, and if other people like it, then that’s great. If they don’t, then I’m still happy.”

YAAAASSS queen. I’m in love with everything today. Tagging this in Feminist Friday because I want to.

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Being a threat / Being threatened

“When I was perceived as a black man I became a threat to public safety. When I was dressed as myself, it was my safety that was threatened.”

-Laverne Cox, in The Advocate

I am seriously obsessed with Orange is the New Black, not only because of the great writing and the fact that I binge-watched it in three days. The kind of women they portray on this show are like no other on mainstream television: lesbians, drug addicts, black and Hispanic women, and Laverne cox as the first trans woman of color actually playing a trans woman of color. She is smart and sassy and  love her. Highly recommend this show to everyone.