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Laverne Cox: “I Want To Create A World Where It’s Safe To Be Openly Trans”

‘Orange Is the New Black’ alum Laverne Cox spoke to Teen Vogue on Trans Awareness Week about being an inspiration for transgenders and gender non-conforming people.

The first openly transgender actor to be nominated for Emmy Award, Cox said during the interview that being a public speaker and LGBTQ+ advocate made it possible for her to inspire the trans community. Expressing she is proud of her mission, added that trans and non-binary people are valid; they are not alone.

Cox, recently appeared in Netflix’s documentary ‘Disclosure,’ touched on the importance of telling the stories of transgender, who are the victims of “interpersonal violence and intimate partner violence.” Then she told of her aim:

“I want to create a world where it’s safe to be openly trans, where you can be who you are and own who you are, and not have opportunities stripped away from you, not have your life stripped away from you.”

What’s more, ‘I Want to Work for Diddy‘ spoke out against the attempts to criminalize trans people, and said that she is just “interested in the deep and beautiful humanity of trans and non-binary people.” For her, that’s not a war, just a calling.

In the interview, the actor, who announced that she would present for the first time at the American Music Awards, also mentioned Harry Styles‘ look on the cover of Vogue magazine and the backlashes he received just for wearing a dress. She highlighted that a man can wear a dress if he wants and it is not an attack on masculinity, by criticizing the conservative pundits. She concluded her words as follows:

“And it’s just, it’s been so, so very, very important that we understand that we’re beautiful and we’re amazing, that trans is beautiful and that we could, we need to walk with our heads up high and with a sense of deserving and worthiness to be here.”

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