Laverne Cox is talking about overlooking pregnant transgender men in the new issue of British Vogue.
It started when Cox shared a tweet that said, “Woman’s body. Woman’s right to choose. End of story.” One of her followers then pointed out that trans men and non-binary people can also get pregnant.”
“It was an uncomfortable moment for me,” Cox said in the Meghan Markle guest-edited September issue. “I felt defensive. I was being accused of erasing a trans male. That hits really close to home.”
The “Orange Is The New Black” star said that she just thinking of being “in sisterhood with other women in that moment.” Adding, “I was also like, do we really want to have that conversation about trans men getting pregnant? Can it just not be complicated right now? Can we just keep it simple?”
“It’s unfortunately not [simple]. And by keeping it simple, we erase people, we erase their experiences, we erase their existence,” Cox added.
Cox is the first trans person to grace the covers of British Vogue, but not the first for the Vogue family.
“I have had a lot of firsts in my career, but I am not the first trans person on the cover of Vogue — that honour goes to Valentina Sampaio on the cover of French Vogue [in March 2017],” Cox said. “And Indya Moore on the cover of Teen Vogue [in March 2019]. That’s absolutely beautiful — that I am not the first. I love that history. I love following in the footsteps of folks like that.”
The “Forces Of Change” issue of British Vogue is on stands now.