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“Jane Roe” of Roe V. Wade Dies at 69

(SFGN) Her name was Norma McCorvey, but in court documents she was identified as Jane Roe. The plaintiff in the landmark 1973 case Roe V. Wade which legalized abortion nationwide, died Saturday in Texas, the Washington Post reports. McCorvey, 69 died of a heart condition while in an assisted living facility. 

McCorvey’s story gained national attention when at the age of 22, she became pregnant while living in Dallas Texas, a state where abortion was illegal. McCorvey could not afford to travel to a state where abortion was legal. Attorneys Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington heard McCorvey’s story, taking the case to the Supreme Court. The class-action suit resulted in a 7-2 ruling to legalize the right to abortion nationwide. By then, McCorvey had given birth, giving the child over to adoption.

After her role in the controversial case, McCorvey came out in the ‘80s as having had a 35-year relationship with a woman named Connie Gonzalez. In the ‘90s she began to speak out against the lawyers who had taken her case. McCorvey became a born again Christian, and later a Catholic, eventually joining anti-abortion protestors. But ultimately, McCorvey’s homosexuality could not be reconciled among her newfound religious, anti-abortion community. 

"Neither side was ever willing to accept her for who she was," Roe V. Wade expert David J. Garrow told the Post.

 

Vogue Paris says it’s a ‘Post Gender’ World

(SFGN) The French edition of Vogue will become the country’s first magazine to feature a transgender model on its cover. Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio, described by the magazine as a “femme fatale who was born a boy,” appears on the cover of the March issue of Vogue Paris.

"This month we are proud to celebrate transgender beauty and how models like Valentina Sampaio, who is posing for her first ever Vogue cover, are changing the face of fashion and deconstructing prejudice," Vogue Paris posted on Instagram.  Sampaio is pictured in a gold gown with a plunging neckline beneath a headline that reads, “Transgender beauty: How they are shaking up the world.”

Editor-in-Chief Emmanuelle Alt wrote on the Vogue Paris website that she featured the 22-year-old Sampaio on the cover because she is "the absolute equal of Gisele, Daria, Edie or Anna." 

"In a post-gendered world which more and more designers are highlighting on their runways, Trans people, the ultimate symbols of a rejection of conformity, are icons that Vogue supports and chooses to celebrate," Alt said.

While trans models and activist have appeared on the covers of U.S. magazines, including Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover in 2015 and Laverne Cox’s Time magazine cover in 2014, this is a first for France. Sampaio herself has been featured on the cover of Brazilian Elle magazine, and in a L’Oreal makeup ad celebrating femininity, the Huffington Post reports.


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