Katie Couric Hails 'Unparalleled Candor, Courage, and Eloquence' of Man Named 'Woman of the Year'

November 21st, 2014 7:01 PM

“Ladies and gentlemen – or however you self-identify on the gender identity spectrum – please welcome lovely Glamour Woman of the Year Laverne Cox!”

That’s how lesbian actress Jodie Foster introduced transgender actress/activist (Charles) Laverne Cox at the Glamour magazine event. In the magazine, the article on Cox was titled “The Advocate.”  

The magazine said “she” was chosen because “Her unparelleled candor, courage, and eloquence have helped us understand a community that is far too often misunderstood. She teaches us that gender identity lives, first and foremost, in our hearts and minds.” This was a quote from Katie Couric. She’s surely still making up for asking Cox on her now-discontinued talk show about the genitals. That’s considered the rudest possible attempt to remind people this is all an ideological exercise. "She" still has a penis. So focus on "hearts and minds."

On Yahoo!, Couric began an interview with Cox, by saying “Now you have something to put next to your framed Time Magazine cover story!” Cox said “It’s hard not to [get emotional] when you’re Glamour Woman of the Year." Jodie Foster oozed over the “transformative connection” Cox is making on the Netflix women-in-prison drama “Orange Is The New Black.” (Foster directed an episode that drew Emmy nominations for her and for Cox.)

Couric asked Cox and Jodie Foster “Would you both say we’ve come a long way when it comes to opening doors to gay and trans people on the screen, which I think is sometimes a barometer of society, if not a forecast of what’s possible?”

Fox replied, “For trans folks, we have a moment in terms of representation that is unprecedented, but a lot of trans folks can’t get a job based on living trans, experience discrimination in health care, youth are being bullied disproportionately. We have a very, very long way go to in terms of public policy.”

Cox insisted “The gender binary model we all exist under negatively affects everybody.”

Earlier: GQ Magazine names gay NFL washout Michael Sam a "Man of the Year"

Katie Couric gushes over Chelsea Clinton as a "Mom of the Year"