Updated: December 10, 2020 eight:43:21 am
Actor and LGBTQ activist Laverne Cox spoke on the significance of inclusivity at Pitzer College. Cox additionally spoke on the necessity to embody transgender males when talking on the discourse of abortion. This realisation was prompted when she shared a tweet that learn: “Woman’s body. Woman’s right to choose. End of story.” But somebody identified, “Laverne, how are you going to erase your trans brothers?”
Thank you for this. This dialogue has introduced up a lot for me that I’m processing. https://t.co/1rxbllLS5f
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) May 15, 2019
Although initially displeased, she quickly recognised cause. “And then if I have to terminate that pregnancy, and I go to a healthcare facility and presenting as someone who appears to be male, who identifies as male and the healthcare practitioners have no understanding, no idea of how to handle this situation—if I were that trans man I would really want to have language that incorporated and included my experience,” she mentioned.
Speaking on the significance of language, she additional added, “when we use language that excludes groups of people on pertinent issues, it can jeopardise their health and well-being. Language that is appropriate and fully inclusive is a matter of life and death for so many people out there.” In a approach, her speech got here full circle as she had additionally begun with addressing the importance of language by quoting creator and social activist Bell Hooks.
“‘Language is a place of struggle. The oppressed struggle in language to recover ourselves, to reconcile, to reunite, to renew.’”
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