​Post submitted by Noël Gordon, former HRC Senior Program Specialist for HIV Prevention and Health Equity.

Yesterday, Katie Couric welcomed Laverne Cox and Carmen Carrera onto the set of her daytime talk show Katie.  Described as “transgender trailblazers,” Cox and Carrera were invited to talk about their incredibly successful careers and the issues facing transgender Americans.

Cox and Carrera were ready to talk about their current projects, but then Couric began focusing less on their careers, and more on their “private parts.”

I jumped out of my seat in disbelief.

I’m a cisgender American, but I’ve watched plenty of people approach my transgender friends and colleagues with similar questions. I understand curiosity, but it’s none of anybody’s business.

Fortunately, Laverne and Carmen handled Couric’s questions with humility, style and grace. They used their final moments on the show to highlight the sheer level of violence facing transgender women of color.

Don’t take my word for it. Watch the full interview below, where Laverne explains how “by focusing on [trans women’s bodies] we don’t focus on the lived realities of [their] …discrimination.”


Just getting started on transgender advocacy? Check out our transgender FAQ and learn more about HRC’s work for transgender equality and inclusion.

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