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Last year we fell in love with the cast of Orange Is The New Black! One character, Sophia Burset, moved us with her story line of credit card fraud where she steals money in order to become a woman and transgender actress Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia, has become an overnight sensation due to her acting skills and spirited activism for LGBTQ people. This week, TIME Magazine placed Cox on its cover, making her the first transgender woman to accomplish this feat, and published a riveting interview with her on race, gender and bullying. Here are the highlights from Cox’s interview and below, a behind the scenes video of Cox as she prepares for her historic cover.
Are there any particular instances of bullying that stand out in your memory?
There was this one instance in junior high when I had gotten off the bus and I was chased by a group of kids, which was, you know, pretty normal. They couldn’t really bully me on the bus because the bus driver could see in the rearview mirror, and that wasn’t allowed. But the second we got off the bus, they would try to beat me up. So I’d have to start running, immediately. So that day I was running for my life, basically, and four or five kids caught me. They were in the band. And I remember being held down and hit with drumsticks by these kids. And a parent saw it, the parent of some other student, and called the principal and the principal called my mother and my mother found out about it.
Is there a moment or time you remember first feeling like you might be transgender?
I tell this story about third grade. My third grade teacher called my mom and said ‘Your son is going to end up in New Orleans wearing a dress.’ Up until that point I just thought that I was a girl and that there was no difference between girls and boys. I think in my imagination I thought that I would hit puberty and I would start turning into a girl.
How did things change as you got older?
I started trying to find a compromise in terms of gender in high school. I started embracing androgyny. I was just really scared and in a lot of denial. And I wanted to make everybody proud and happy and find a place for myself in the world. The funny thing is being in this androgynous space really wasn’t any better, in terms of perception or reception from people. It was part of my journey that got me to where I am now.
How do you think life might be different for trans kids who are in middle school or high school right now?
There’s a way to connect through the Internet that I didn’t have. So you can connect with people who are like you, who may be in another part of the country. That didn’t exist when I was a kid. I think there are more media representations that young trans people can look to and say, that’s me, in an affirming way. There’s just so many resources out there now that it makes you feel like you’re less alone and gives some sort of sense of, okay, this is who I am and this is what I’m going through, as opposed to being ‘What the f*** is wrong with me?’ That was what I grew up with.
The people out there in America who have no idea what being transgender means, what do they need to understand?
There’s not just one trans story. There’s not just one trans experience. And I think what they need to understand is that not everybody who is born feels that their gender identity is in alignment with what they’re assigned at birth, based on their genitalia. If someone needs to express their gender in a way that is different, that is okay, and they should not be denied healthcare. They should not be bullied. They don’t deserve to be victims of violence. … That’s what people need to understand, that it’s okay and that if you are uncomfortable with it, then you need to look at yourself.
Singer and shock celebrity Miley Cyrus is one of the top ten contenders for Time Person of the Year. Yes, you read right. Along with Bashar Assad, President of Syria; Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder; Pope Francis, leader of the Catholic Church; and Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Cyrus is in the running.
Last year’s winner, President Barack Obama (who was also the 2008 pick) is once again on the list as is Edward Snowden, the infamous N.S.A. Leaker; gay rights activist Edith Windsor; Texas Senator Ted Cruz; and Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran.
Time Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs revealed the short list on the Today Show this morning. Obama is the only person who appeared on last year’s short list to also make this year’s. “His predecessor in the White House, Franklin D. Roosevelt, is the only person to receive the title three times,” reports Time.
In 1927, Time selected its first “Man of the Year” in 1927. Now called “Person Of The Year,” the honor goes to the person who Time’s editors think most influenced the news this year–for good or bad.
In a reader’s poll last week, Egypt’s General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, was selected as their Person of the Year. The Today Show is also hosting its own poll for the final candidates.
Time’s Person of the Year 2013 will be announced on the Today Show Wednesday morning.
While Rolling Stone is catching all kinds of flack for plastering a very rock star esque image of Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaey on the cover of their August issue, Time is taking a different, more tasteful and in our opinion more productive approach to selling magazines. Their August issue features an image of an transparent hoodie that speaks volumes. Withe the bold words “After Trayvon” spread across the cover, it’s quite clear that this issue will cover: racial profiling, Stand Your Ground laws, the George Zimmerman verdict, and race relations in this ever-changing country.
Time’s August issue doesn’t just examine the surface of this complex issue. Essence’s senior writer Jeannine Amber discusses how the lives of black parents changed after the “not guilty” verdict came down, in the same ways New Orleans’ residents lives changed after the levees broke or the ways New Yorkers’ lives changed after September 11th. Amber describes how black parents have been having “The Talk” with out sons for decades, centuries even; but after that verdict, many wondered how to re-stratergize:
These warnings weren’t always heeded, and sometimes they weren’t enough. But they allowed parents to feel that we gave our children a measure of protection against a threat we could identify. When confronted by violent gangs or overzealous law enforcement, we knew these rules of engagement might help keep our sons safe. But in George Zimmerman we saw a new danger, one that seemed utterly lawless.
We may never know exactly what happened the night Zimmerman shot Trayvon, but black parents know this: A neighborhood-watch man saw a brown-skinned teenager–a boy who could have been one of ours–wearing a hoodie pulled up against the rain and assumed he was up to no good. That suspicion set into motion a chain of events that left the boy dead. How do we protect against that? Do we tell our children to run if they are being followed? Or should they stop and turn around? Do we tell them to defend themselves as Trayvon appears to have done or to get on the ground like Oscar Grant?
Like Amber, Time’s Joe Klein agrees that things have changed. He argues that race and racism in this country is changing in ways that we really haven’t seen before. In the past the man who got away with killing an innocent black child was white, not Hispanic and the men they killed were different than Trayvon Martin.
This is not the 1980s; race isn’t the issue it was 30 years ago. It isn’t binary–black and white–anymore. It’s a kaleidoscope now: Latinos outnumber blacks in the American population, healthy dollops of South and East Asians add to the mix, and the prospect of a nonwhite majority is just around the bend. In 2013 the jury may still be almost all white, but the shooter is Hispanic–and the evidence is cloudy. If I were a member of that jury, operating in the context of Florida’s barbaric gun laws, I might have had to vote to acquit. George Zimmerman clearly was guilty of overzealous racial profiling, but there was no definitive evidence of how the scuffle began. It was not beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman was overacting in self-defense. Martin’s death is an outrage, but it is not Emmett Till or Medgar Evers.
Writers Michael Scherer and Elizabeth Dias discuss what the verdict meant to various people and how we move on from here. And lastly, Time interviewed Maya Angelou about her reaction to the verdict. She had this to say.
“That one man, armed with a gun can actually profile a young man because he is black and end up shooting him dead…It is so painful.”
She then described the psychological and international impact this verdict has on the American people.
“What is really injured, bruised, if you will, is the psyche of our national population,” Angelou said. “We are all harmed. We are all belittled, and we give to the rest of the world more ammunition to sneer at us.”
Read the rest of Maya Angelou’s interview here. And check out the rest of Time’s Trayvon coverage in the August issue.
What do you think of their decision to cover the verdict and its future implications?
One Of These Names Is Not Like The Other…A Look At TIME’s Interesting ‘Most Influential People’ Picks
TIME magazine just released its annual list of the Most Influential People in the World, and as these things go every year, there are some people who unquestionably should be on this list and others who we’re scratching our head over. After a lively and heated debate in the office this morning, I’ve come to the conclusion that influence means different things to different people — and perhaps TIME should revise this list to be called the most influential people of the week, month, or quarter, as some of these pop culture choices appear to be hot right now — as in April 18, 2013 right now — but hardly for the entire year.
But before we debate, let’s shout out the black folks who made the list:
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- Valerie Jarrett
- Shonda Rhimes
- Lebron James
- Barack Obama
- Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
- Michelle Obama
- Joyce Banda
- Frank Ocean
- Joaquim Barbosa
- Mario Balotelli
And now for the interesting/confusing ones:
- Christina Aguilera: In the world? Perhaps the singing competition world, and I’m not even sure that assessment would be completely accurate. This seems like a wild card, we need one more influencer who’s female addition. Can we say reaching?
- Jennifer Lawrence: Is it just me or is Jennifer Lawrence just the different white girl flavor of the year? You know the innocent, aloof blue-eyed girl who acts like she doesn’t really want to be famous but doesn’t mind hitting every red carpet to pick up an award. I’ve yet to understand her mass appeal…but I also haven’t seen “Silver Linings Playbook” yet, maybe I’d understand her magnificence afterward.
- Justin Timberlake: I know Justin’s album just sold a bazillion copies and I have noticed a couple of big band, rat pack redux copy cats since he came back…OK so maybe he is influential. But the boy just came back after a 10-year hiatus. Can we see how much of the attention is based on consistently hot music as opposed to his hyped up return to music. This just seems a bit premature.
- Miguel: I’m not denying Miguel’s artistic prowess, but the reality is on a mass level people just don’t know who he is. Remember Kelly Clarkson at the Grammys? Plus Miguel just said so himself on The Breakfast Club, acknowledging not enough people are hip to who he is yet. I feel like someone who just got word of who Miguel is last month thought, “yeah, let’s add this guy.” At the end of the day this is still a great look for him though.
- Hello, Hillary Clinton! The former U.S. Secretary of State hasn’t sat down since leaving her latest post, and everyone knows she’s gearing up to run for president in 2013. She’s got a heavy influence right now.
- Rihanna: I’m not really mad she wasn’t on the list, but with all the accolades the great people of Europe have just bestowed upon her (the new Princess Diana?), TIME might be slipping by not acknowledging her global influence.
Check out the full list of influential people here. Who would you add or remove?
You already know that Barack loves the kids. (No disrespect, we know he’s the president but I needed one name here.) In their write up as Person of the Year, Time Magazine included this picture from October 26, of the president pretending to be trapped by the child of a White House staffer, who just so happened to be dressed as Spiderman.
It’s adorable, no?
So tell us what’s being said in the photo? What is this little boy thinking or saying and what’s on the president’s mind?
TIME magazine has everybody talking about it’s latest cover—and I do mean everybody. Not only is the idea of prolonged breastfeeding and the umbrella topic of “attached parenting” that the cover story explores a very sensitive issue, the art that goes along with it is simply too striking of an image for many to digest.
What’s depicted is Jamie Lynne Grumet, a 26-year-old stay-at-home mom, breastfeeding her 4-year-old son who is huge for his age. Without even delving into the hot-button issue portrayed, responses to the cover can pretty much be summed up with one resounding question, was this necessary? From charges that the the cover exploits breastfeeding rather than celebrates it, to the claim that it’s launching a mommy war, to concerns about how this child will feel once he’s old enough to comprehend the cover (which is an issue his mother will have to answer to not TIME), most are in the park of believing the magazine is trying to come off as supportive of attached parenting while really poking fun at the mother’s on the newsstand.
The so-called mommy war concern is a legitimate one—not so much because of the picture but because of the headline, “are you mommy enough?” That question makes me think of the never-ending battle between stay-at-home and working mothers and how each side tends to think they’re the stronger parent for the lifestyle they’ve chosen as mothers. Suggesting mothers who breastfeed their kids well beyond the typical nursing years somehow goes above and beyond the call of duty is encouraging to women who do it and offensive to others who don’t feel the need to attach to their kids in this way.
Posing in this way also somewhat adds to the argument many have that nursing a child this old is just downright inappropriate. To see children sucking on their mother’s breast for no reason in the photo shoot conjures up ideas in observer’s heads about this practice being an indecent or lewd act, which some already feels it is, and this cover doesn’t do much to distract from that. Reading the women’s stories though, it’s easy to see why they don’t have a problem being open about their attachment style of parenting. Grumet was actually breastfed until the time she was six and when she was in the process of adopting Aman, the son seen with her in the photo, she became pregnant. By the time the adoption was final, she was also able to begin breastfeeding Aman.
“Being able to give him that [comfort] with the trauma that he faced was really, really important to me,” she told TIME. “But I didn’t realize how much it would help my attachment to him. When his English improved, because the connection was there, he didn’t do it as much. So now he’ll do it maybe once a month.”
As far as naysayers to the practice, many more of which will likely come out after seeing this cover article, Grumet says she’s secure in her parenting style.
“The[re] are people who tell me they’re going to call social services on me or that it’s child molestation. I really don’t think I can reason with those people. But as far as someone who says they’re uncomfortable with this, I don’t think it’s wrong to admit this. But people have to realize this is biologically normal. It’s not socially normal. The more people see it, the more it’ll become normal in our culture. That’s what I’m hoping. I want people to see it.
“There seems to be a war going on between conventional parenting and attachment parenting, and that’s what I want to avoid. I want everyone to be encouraging. We’re not on opposing teams. We all need to be encouraging to each other, and I don’t think we’re doing a very good job at that.”
This cover probably won’t help that effort.
What do you think about the TIME’s cover? Do you think it will further divide people on this issue or help them see it in a new light?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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There’s a huge difference between a little girl dressing up as a boy and a little boy believing he is actually a girl, and according to three reports in the journal pediatrics, and increasing number of kids are falling into the latter category.
Gender identity disorder is the psychiatric diagnosis these kids are often labeled with, but doctors like Norman Spack, author of the reports and director of one of the nation’s first gender identity medical clinics at Children’s Hospital Boston, believe in emerging research that suggests these kids may have brain differences more similar to the opposite sex. Spack told Time magazine 1 in 10,000 children may have this condition.
An 8-year-old patient in Los Angeles is discussed heavily in the report. The child, who was born a girl, reportedly announced that she was a boy at 18 months and has stuck with that thinking ever since. The family is now waiting for the first signs of puberty to begin treatment and the mother says when her child found out they could give drugs to block breast development, “he was so excited.”
According to Spack, if kids start drug treatments early they’ll more easily pass for the opposite sex and will require less dramatic treatments later. He also says the drugs used by the clinics, which are reversible, are approved for delaying puberty in kids who start maturing too soon. The idea, he says, is to give children time to mature emotionally and make sure they want to proceed with a permanent sex change. According to him, only 1 of the 97 children discussed in the report opted out of permanent treatment.
But this work is not without ethical concerns. Dr. Margaret Moon, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ bioethics committee, said the motives of kids and their parents need to be examined before beginning treatment in patients under the age of 18. She says some kids may get a psychiatric diagnosis when they are just uncomfortable with narrowly defined gender roles; or others who are gay may be coerced into treatment by parents who are more comfortable with a sex change than having a homosexual child.
But while she says receiving sex-change treatment too young can be harmful, others think not having treatment is more harmful, citing self-destructive behaviors the kids often develop such as cutting and suicide attempts, not to mention the stress and depression. Boston Hospital seems to prove that this service is one both gender-questioning kids and their parents want. Since opening it’s gender service management clinic in 2007, they’ve seen a four-fold increase in patients, and according to Spack:
“If you open the doors, these are the kids who come. They’re out there. They’re in your practices.”
What do you think about gender identity disorder? What age do you think is too young to begin gender reassignment therapy?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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TIME Magazine select 100 most influential people in the world for their annual list.