One Hashtag Reveals Just How Beautiful All Trans Lives Really Are

One Hashtag Reveals Just How Beautiful All Trans Lives Really Are
Source: AP
Source: AP

Birthday girl Laverne Cox is showing that the transgender movement has life beyond the "transgender tipping point" — the moment Time magazine described in 2014 as the rise of trans visibility — in American culture with the hashtag, #TransIsBeautiful.

The Emmy-nominated Orange Is the New Black star, who recently graced the covers of both Variety and Bust, ignited the #TransIsBeautiful campaign to combat transphobia while also elevating trans identity as beautiful. Emerging from Janet Mock's #GirlsLikeUs campaign, this celebration is also a creative endeavor to stem the psychological effects of transphobia in American culture. It's sorely needed: A 2011 report from the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force states that 41% of trans respondents attempted suicide, compared to only 1.6% of the general population. 

Trans people and their allies are taking to Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr to show their support with the body-positive #TransIsBeautiful campaign. Indeed, it marks a "tipping" forward of the trans movement into a future built on love and affirmation.

Source: Instagram
Source: Instagram
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Then, of course, there's Laverne, who earlier this week posted a makeup-free selfie not only under the auspices of #TransIsBeautiful, but under the larger umbrella of the body-positive movement for all women. With this photo, the birthday girl proves beauty comes from within, and it is born from confidence.

Source: Instagram

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Marcie Bianco

Dr. Marcie Bianco is a Staff Writer at Mic, a Contributing Editor at Curve Magazine, and an adjunct associate professor at Hunter College. She has contributed to AfterEllen, Feministing, The Feminist Wire, The Huffington Post, Lambda Literary, XO Jane, and The Women’s Review of Books. She writes and lectures about ethics, from feminism to race relations. Her current writing projects include a manuscript about lesbian academic affairs and a collection of feminist essays.

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