Yesterday, a petition entitled "Victoria's Secret: Make Carmen Carrera the first Trans VS model" became a hot topic of conversation for many within the LGBT and drag communities
Carmen shared the petition on her Facebook page saying "I just want to say THANK YOU soooooo much to the fans who started this petition! I love you guys! Lets share it and make it MAJOR!!! <3".
It would seem that the petition really has become major! The original goal was 10,000 signatures. Since Carmen's post yesterday it has not only reached that goal, but exceeded it! A new goal has been set at 15,000 signatures. The petitions on change.org are designed to show organizations what the public wants, and by signing it Carmen's supporters are able to tell Victoria's Secret that they want to see her on their runway. While the petition does not hold any legal weight, it is the hopes of those who wrote and signed the petition that the overwhelming public support for Carmen will help convince the company's executives to take her on as one of their angels.
In another status update today, Carmen pointed out that the purpose of the petition is "not to force VS to do anything. It's to prove that the world is ready for change and possibilities are endless!" In less than 24 hours the petition has received thousands upon thousands of signatures, indicating that we as a society have surpassed the strict cisgender binary ideologies of past generations. The petition has become more than just a statement about the progress we've made; it is a loud scream!