seriously go vote for laverne cox in this like fuck does a cis man get more attention for a shit portrayal of transwomen than u know, an actual living transwoman

Consider the following:  More people have heard of Jared Leto than Laverne Cox

Which is exactly why this needs a signal boost.  Laverne Cox deserves recognition.

how about people vote for whoever they want to vote for I stead of downing one actor for the other :))))

how about not getting offended that people want to see a trans woman get recognition for the incredible work that she’s done towards trans people visibility?  This is not an anti-Jared Leto post, but a “let’s help a transwoman get recognition for portraying a transwoman as opposed to a cis man who played a trans woman in a role that some people within the trans community don’t feel represents them.”

I am not part of the trans community.  I am cis.  But I have seen some people who are have criticism of his role and would rather recognize and honor their feelings on the matter instead of voting for “who I want to vote for” (I don’t even know who Jared Leto is so I wouldn’t have voted for him anyway).

Since I am not part of this community it doesn’t affect me personally so I’m going to stop here.  But if any of my followers who ARE part of the community would like to step in and express their personal thoughts about it I will signal boost your voice.

okay, as a trans person, I will try to type something up… (poorly paraphrasing other trans women who have said this all with more clarity)

First, Laverne Cox is actually a transwoman, and has helped the community so much just by being vocal and present in media.

There are problems with Jared Leto playing a trans woman.

1. There are trans woman actors/actresses. When asked why he didn’t consider casting a trans person, director Jean-Marc Valllee seemed rather clueless.

“Never,” he said. “Is there any transgender actor? To my knowledge — I don’t know one. I didn’t even think about it”.  

2. In the script, Jared Leto’s character, a trans woman, is referred to with male pronouns.

When you write a trans person into a movie, it’s important to respect their pronouns. And casting a man as a trans woman in the first place… Obviously the director didn’t consider Leto’s character to be a woman.

So… the movie he is getting so much attention for is pretty problematic to begin with. 

There still isn’t a lot of respect or media representation for trans people, so when a cis male gets so much attention for playing a trans woman… it’s offensive. 

The trans community is either used for laughs or some tragedy story. We’re not portrayed as people. And the the people making media don’t consider actual trans* people.

The problem I have is that Leto is  being labeled an “influential” person, like how did his portrayal of a trans woman that upset the trans community count as being influential. If anything, it’s just another step in the wrong direction.

What Laverne is doing is ACTUALLY influential and very important. 


And there you have it folks.

Signal boosting as promised.

In San Francisco last year, a man stabbed a woman in the face and arm after she didn’t respond positively to his sexually harassing her on the street.

In Bradenton, Fla., a man shot a high school senior to death after she and her friends refused to perform oral sex at his request.

In Chicago, a scared 15-year-old was hit by a car and died after she tried escaping from harassers on a bus.

Again, in Chicago, a man grabbed a 19-year-old walking on a public thoroughfare, pulled her onto a gangway and assaulted her.

In Savannah, Georgia, a woman was walking alone at night and three men approached her. She ignored them, but they pushed her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.

In Manhattan, a 29-year-old pregnant woman was killed when men catcalling from a van drove onto the sidewalk and hit her and her friend.

Last week, a runner in California — a woman — was stopped and asked, by a strange man in a car, if she wanted a ride. When she declined he ran her over twice.

FUCK YOU if you think that street harassment is a “compliment” or “no big deal” or that it’s “irrational” of us to be afraid because “what’s actually gonna happen.” Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you some more.