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By Stephanie Allen-Gobert
Katie Couric, born Katherine Anne “Katie “Couric is an American television journalist, author and a talk show host. Katie has a syndicated talk show which airs on ABC at 4:00pm (ET). Couric has had her fair share of controversy on her show. From her disproportionate HPV vaccine episode, heavy media scrutiny resulting from her 2008 Sarah Palin interviews, and now the more recent controversy, her presumptuous questions asked to the transgender guest on her show, Laverne Cox.
“Orange is the New Black” star Laverne Cox alongside model Carmen Carrera, who is best known for starring on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” appeared Monday on the talk show ”Katie”. The show was promoted as a platform for Cox and Carrera to discuss their respective achievements and important issues affecting the transgender community. The platform quickly turned into an opportunity for Couric to probe the women about their private parts.
Both Cox and Carrera opened up about their transitions, but told Couric that they didn’t want to make the discussion about their genitalia, but rather issues that are really relevant to the transgender community. They responded gracefully to Couric’s line of questioning. “It is my dream that by highlighting the deep humanity of trans people’s lives in the media, elevating actual trans voices to speak the truth of our lived experiences in ways that don’t sensationalize and objectify us, those human voices and stories can be a part of the disruption needed to end the disproportionate injustices that threaten so many trans people’s lives, particularly the lives of trans women of color,” Cox wrote in part on her Tumblr blog.
Cox continued to discuss issues that plaque the transgender community including often being the target of violence, experiencing discrimination on a daily basis, and astonishing unemployment rates. Katie responded to the claims of her presumptuous questioning in a video clip, entitled “Follow Up Friday: Interracial Relationships, Carmen Carrera & Laverne Cox,” Couric notes in the video clip “Even if some thought my question was off base, I wanted to make sure my question and Carmen’s answer stayed in the show as a teachable moment for me, as well as our viewers. I’m really proud we were able to spotlight such an open and honest conversation with Carmen and Laverne Cox, who are both terrific, about the myriad of struggles that this often maligned, marginalized and misunderstood community faces.”
Being transgender is more than just your body and its parts, and these two women handled Couric and the situation the best way they know how…flawless!