They’re saying she “has emerged as the public leader of the trans movement”. Others are saying that any publicity is good publicity. But as you might expect, I have mixed feelings about the whole thing.
Laverne Cox, star of the Netflix show Orange is the New Black, is a sweetie and a wonderful actress but she’s just a girl who happens to be transgender. Did she volunteer to become the “public leader” Time declares her to be? Does she even want the role? She has an acting career and a lifestyle that goes with it.
Her story is a story we’ve heard a million times .. always knew she was a girl, bullied and harassed as a child, yadda, yadda .. but it’s a story that much of the mainstream world will be hearing for the first time. And you know what they say about the importance of first impressions? They’re important!
Strategy. Make no moves without a strategy. This is a mantra that served me well in the corporate world as well as my personal life and I think it applies to our quest for acceptance. And with Ms Cox’s appearance in Time, we’re making a move, but if a strategy exists, it’s coming from a journalist.
“You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression”. ~ author unverifiable
Her interview is nice but certainly not that of a leader … at least not in my opinion. Here are some partial quotes that sound Obama-like and lack the leadership qualities necessary to win over the uninformed world:
“I think what they need to understand is …”
“That’s what people need to understand … “
“People need to be willing to let go of what they think they know…”
“… they need to get to know us as human beings…”
“… you need to look at yourself ..”
Notice the word she uses over and over again? “Need“. I hate to inform Laverne but people don’t need to do anything. Their life and their world feels just fine to them without understanding and accepting us. Meet people face-to-face for the first time and tell them they need to know us as human beings and see how many friends you make.
We need. We need a spokesperson who comes at the world with a respectful attitude. A kind, likeable, attractive person, both in appearance and in spirit, who can get into the hearts of all she connects with. Logic doesn’t work. Rhetoric doesn’t work. Demanding rights doesn’t work. Helping the masses to want to accept us is the way to make things happen for us.
Tell me I’m naive and I’ll tell you the proof is in the pudding. The LGB’s have left us behind in a cloud of dust.
Once again, I long for a Panti Bliss type personality to move to the forefront and lead us into an accepting world. I love Laverne Cox but I’m afraid she is not that person.