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Someone on Capitol Hill made transphobic edits to Laverne Cox's Wikipedia page

Laverne Cox leads the 2014 Pride Parade in New York City as Grand Marshal.
Laverne Cox leads the 2014 Pride Parade in New York City as Grand Marshal.
Eric Thayer

congress-edits, a dedicated Twitter feed that posts when an IP address associated with Congressional office buildings edits Wikipedia, uncovered a really egregious case today. From the looks of it, someone in a US House building made the following edit to the page for Orange is the New Black, screencapped by Polygon's Arthur Gies:

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(Arthur Gies)

The edit removed a reference to cast member Laverne Cox as "a real transgender woman" and referred to her instead as "a real man pretending to be a woman," linking in the process to a ridiculously transphobic and scientifically ignorant article in National Review about Cox. For the record: Cox is a woman, and trans people face horrific amounts of persecution and physical violence.