The two women who have more or less become the faces of the transgender rights movement finally met face to face last night when Laverne Cox attended a private screening of Caitlyn Jenner’s new E! docu-series, I Am Cait.
@caitlynjenner and I finally met in person at a special private advance screening of #IAmCait. #TransIsBeautiful #girlslikeus #caitlynjenner
Both Cox and Jenner had expressed wanting to meet one another, though the former Olympian did consult the Orange is the New Black actress prior to transitioning. “I was deeply moved by About Bruce and Caitlyn’s family’s very really struggle with this change and the deep love and devotion that they have for Caitlyn was deeply moving,” Cox told E!. “I cried many, many times watching it.” After the debut of Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover, Cox gave Jenner her tens via an epic Tumblr post, while bringing attention to the plight of less privileged trans individuals. Jenner in turn tweeted Cox her thanks for supporting her:
Laverne also snuck in a group pic with Caitlyn and others who had attended the screening, including trans actresses Candis Cayne and Trace Lysett:
Fun with #girlslikeus tonight at the screening of #IAmCait @tracelysette @candiscayne @smartassjen @zackarydrucker #MimiMarks #TransIsBeautiful
I Am Cait premieres Sunday, July 26, at 8 p.m. on E!
Les Fabian Brathwaite — really thinking of remaking Laverne & Shirley as Laverne & Cait.