Two years ago, a black trans woman was photographed for the cover of Time magazine. That image represented a clear change in America—after decades of oppression and victimization, a trans woman of color had gained public power.
Laverne Cox declared that we’d reached a tipping point in America for transgender people, a notable shift toward equality across society, from pop cultural representation to fundamental needs like healthcare. There was no precedent for Cox to follow: After decades of invisibility and oppression, trans people had leapt out from a cultural shadow to seize the liberties they had been deprived of. We wanted to believe in that future, but after the presidential election of Donald Trump, many fear that years of progress are about to be undone.