Elliot Page, Laverne Cox and others show diversity in Hollywood is about more than race
Inclusion is evolving.Nowhere is this truer than in Hollywood, where there has been increased demand for improved representation by gender, sexuality, religion and opportunities for the disabled in the industry.The recent announcement by “Juno” star Elliot Page that they are transgender and identify as non-binary was greeted with surprise but also cheers by supporters and trans advocates alike. The term “non-binary” describes a person whose gender identity is neither male nor female; the use of they/them pronouns when referring to an individual is a way of respecting this personal identity.Content by LorexSmart home security systems to keep you safeSave 25% off sitewide on Cyber Monday with code CM2020 at checkout.Page’s story had me reflecting on 2015, when I had written about the public debut of Caitlyn Jenner via the cover of Vanity Fair. It reminded me of the power of celebrity.More from Pop Life Chronicle.
Attitudes about the LGBTQ community and same-sex marriage started to shift, thanks in part to television personalities like Ellen DeGeneres and the late “Real World” cast member and AIDS activist Pedro Zamora, and the sitcom series “Will & Grace.”Now, celebs like Page are helping to further educate people about the trans community.Award-winning actress Laverne Cox, shown here at the 71st Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre in LA on September 22, 2019, is an advocate for LGBTQ rights.Laverne Cox: The “Orange Is the New Black” star made history in 2015. Cox became the first openly transgender person to win a Daytime Emmy Award when she was honored as executive producer for “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word.”close dialog