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Here's what transgender progress looks like

Attention, Katie Couric: Here's how you treat transgender women in the media.

About two weeks after an interview aired in which "Orange is the New Black" actress Laverne Cox gracefully brushed aside Couric's invasive, genitalia-focused questions, Cox attended Elle magazine's Women in Television celebration.

You'll notice the Getty Images caption in the photo above doesn't identify her as a "transgender actress."

As fashion bloggers Tom and Lorenzo point out, it's impressive enough "we've reached the point in our culture when a mainstream celebrity and fashion site like ours can feature a celebrity transgender woman on the red carpet."

It's also impressive when a transgender woman can walk the red carpet at a female-focused event without it being an issue. And that media organizations can focus on her achievements or her dress (which, like Tom and Lorenzo, I'm not crazy about -- what's with the netting?), while making her transgender status more of an afterthought.

In the wake of the recent controversy following a Grantland article which outed a transgender woman against her wishes, moments in which the media gets it right are particularly important.

Cox, for any local fans, will be speaking at Towson University in March. According to a post on the school's Center for Student Diversity's Facebook page, she'll be the center's "Pride keynote speaker" on March 12 at 7 p.m., where she'll talk about her personal journey and transgender equality.

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