Caitlyn Jenner Just Sent Laverne Cox a Beautiful Message of Thanks and Hope

Caitlyn Jenner Just Sent Laverne Cox a Beautiful Message of Thanks and Hope
Source: YouTube
Source: YouTube

Caitlyn Jenner took another step toward greater trans visibility Wednesday night — and she took it hand in hand with another.

In a tweet hashtagged #TransIsBeautiful, Jenner gave thanks to Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox for her support, calling the actress "fierce and fabulous."

Jenner is likely thanking Cox after the latter wrote on her Tumblr about Jenner's Vanity Fair cover. In her post, Cox meditated on the space between the support Jenner received and the work still left to be done in the movement for trans rights.

"Yes, Caitlyn looks amazing and is beautiful, but what I think is most beautiful about her is her heart and soul, the ways she has allowed the world into her vulnerabilities," Cox wrote. "The love and devotion she has for her family and that they have for her. Her courage to move past denial into her truth so publicly. These things are beyond beautiful to me."

Cox also recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about Jenner, saying, "I believe Caitlyn will transcend this moment."

It's not the only time Jenner has publicly thanked Cox either. In a clip from Vanity Fair, Jenner talked about her predecessors in coming out as a trans woman, name-checking Cox among others.

"You look at some of the people, the pioneers in trying to get the message out: Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Geena Rocero ... Carmen Carrera," she said. "Back in the '80s, I was alone. And I'm kind of following in their footsteps. They made it easier for me. I hope, with my honesty, I can make it easier for somebody else down the line."

Source: YouTube

Her words were touching enough to make Cox cry, she tweeted

This relationship of mutual admiration and respect Jenner and Cox share is crucial. Moving for greater transgender visibility and rights requires unity and support. Seeing two of the highest-profile American trans figures gives hope the support Jenner received from many corners won't be an exception in the future. Instead, we hope love and enthusiasm will only grow even more widespread.

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Kevin O'Keeffe

Kevin is the arts editor at Mic, writing about inclusion and representation in pop culture. He is based in New York and can be reached at kevin@mic.com.

MORE FROM

Women beer drinkers finally get the Beer for Her they never asked for

Why drink a rugged manly beer when you can have Aurosa's pink girly beer instead?!

Six months after the Women’s March on Washington, the Resistance Revival has a message for Trump

"Well I/ Went down to the White House and I/ Took back what they stole from me," the Resistance Revival Chorus sang in a Times Square flash mob last weekend.

20 attorneys general write letter urging Betsy DeVos to keep sexual assault protections

The attorneys general reminded DeVos that scrapping Title IX guidance will have a chilling effect on sexual assault and rape reporting rates.

New study suggests high workloads and aging doctor population means looming OB-GYN shortage

Obstetricians and gynecologists are overworked at nearing retirement age — without a younger contingent to replace them.

Why pro-life doctors want the First Amendment to protect their right to lie to patients

Crisis pregnancy centers believe they should be exempt from a law saying they should inform patients about all their medical options, including abortions.

‘Brown Girls’ wants to tell women of color’s stories in all their messy, complicated glory

Creators Fatimah Asghar and Sam Bailey want to let their characters break free of the neat identity categories people are wont to place them in.

Women beer drinkers finally get the Beer for Her they never asked for

Why drink a rugged manly beer when you can have Aurosa's pink girly beer instead?!

Six months after the Women’s March on Washington, the Resistance Revival has a message for Trump

"Well I/ Went down to the White House and I/ Took back what they stole from me," the Resistance Revival Chorus sang in a Times Square flash mob last weekend.

20 attorneys general write letter urging Betsy DeVos to keep sexual assault protections

The attorneys general reminded DeVos that scrapping Title IX guidance will have a chilling effect on sexual assault and rape reporting rates.

New study suggests high workloads and aging doctor population means looming OB-GYN shortage

Obstetricians and gynecologists are overworked at nearing retirement age — without a younger contingent to replace them.

Why pro-life doctors want the First Amendment to protect their right to lie to patients

Crisis pregnancy centers believe they should be exempt from a law saying they should inform patients about all their medical options, including abortions.

‘Brown Girls’ wants to tell women of color’s stories in all their messy, complicated glory

Creators Fatimah Asghar and Sam Bailey want to let their characters break free of the neat identity categories people are wont to place them in.