Well-known LGBTQ+ advocate Laverne Cox went to her verified Instagram account to release an IG TV video, including the details of a transphobic attack that happened in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park.
‘Orange Is the New Black‘ star said in the video that while walking down the park with a friend of hers, a man asked for the time and then ruggedly tried to know about their genders by saying “Guy or girl?” After that, the man started hitting Cox’s friend. Then the actor pulled out her photo to call 911, whereupon the man went away quickly.
After detailing the unfortunate event, the winner of the Daytime Emmy Award in Outstanding Special Class Special expressed her sorrow regarding the hostility against trans people, who do not harm anybody, and asked everybody why being a trans is such a matter.
“The guy really wanted me to answer so that he could spook whether I’m trans or not. I don’t know why, I don’t know why it matters. At the end of the day, it’s like who cares? I’m in a hoodie and yoga pants, I’m completely covered up, I’ve got my mask on who cares if I’m trans? How does this affect your life?”
The actor said that the world we live in is not a safe place for LGBTQ+ people even though she does not like to think about that. She went further and expressed that trans people are going to experience that kind of stuff on any occasion just for being who they are. Cox concluded her words by urging people to stand against these kinds of sexist acts:
“When these things happen, it’s not your fault. It’s not your fault that people are not cool with you existing in the world… We have a right to walk in the park.“
Following the post, Cox received support from a great number of people including notable names such as director Lee Daniels, actor Kerry Washington and Jamie Chung.
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