Like Laverne Cox's appearance on The Katie Show, news spread and the discussion of trans* culture began to buzz with more gusto. Stephen Colbert had Mock attend The Colbert Report earlier this week to unpack what happened post-Morgan. What could easily have erupted into a Morgan-shaming fest gracefully evolved into a genuinely informative discussion of trans* life between one cisgendered man and one trans woman.
According to Mock, Morgan was "speaking across privilege, across difference, and across experience." His other-ing was reflective of the general lack of understanding across the overall population. Mock used her Colbert interview to add a bit more clarity to the discussion. She explains the importance of "they" and "it" as pronouns over "he" and "she." Though Colbert made a joke out of Mock's insistence on simply asking someone how they identify, Mock's point — and Colbert's as well — is the importance of allowing others the freedom to self-identify rather than assuming or nurturing.
The full six-minutes is well worth the watch. It might be a small step, but it's one giant leap for trans* people. No, it's not going to change the game overnight, but it will continue the conversation. It's up to us to respectfully give it the freedom to grow. (The Frisky)
Opening Photo: Courtesy of Janet Mock.