Orange Is The New Black’s Laverne Cox Praises Caitlyn Jenner, Calls For More On Transgender Issue (DD)




  • June 2, 2015

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23:  Actress Laverne Cox attends Logo TV's "Trailblazers" at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on June 23, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Logo TV)

    Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox, on her Tumblr, applauded the widespread of support for Caitlyn Jenner, but also urged people to remember that there is plenty of work yet to be done when it comes to trans issues.

    “Many have commented on how gorgeous Caitlyn looks in her photos, how she is ‘slaying for the Gods.’ I must echo these comments in the vernacular, ‘Yasss Gawd! Werk Caitlyn! Get it!’” she wrote.

    Cox was featured on the cover of Time magazine trumpeting “The Transgender Tipping Point.”

    “I have hoped over the past few years that the incredible love I have received from the public can translate to the lives of all trans folks,” Cox writes. “Trans folks of all races, gender expressions, ability, sexual orientations, classes, immigration status, employment status, transition status, genital status etc. I hope, as I know Caitlyn does, that the love she is receiving can translate into changing hearts and minds about who all trans people are as well as shifting public policies to fully support the lives and well being of all of us.”

    The actress urged people to continue the proliferation of trans narratives that reflect this reality and “celebrate all those things that make trans folks uniquely trans.”

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    “Most trans folks don’t have the privileges Caitlyn and I have now have,” Cox wrote. “It is those trans folks we must continue to lift up, get them access to healthcare, jobs, housing, safe streets, safe schools and homes for our young people. We must lift up the stories of those most at risk, statistically trans people of color who are poor and working class… I hope, as I know Caitlyn does, that the love she is receiving can translate into changing hearts and minds about who all trans people are as well as shifting public policies to fully support the lives and well being of all of us. The struggle continues.”

    Netflix announced that the third season of its award-winning comedy drama, “Orange is the New Black” would premiere on the streaming service June 12. The prison-set show will return about a month before the service premieres the long-awaited sequel to “Wet Hot American Summer,” on July 17.

    Regarding the new season, Hollywood Reporter said, in season three of Orange, the main takeaway from the early episodes is that having all of these women back onscreen makes for a very welcome return. This is one of those rare series where the characters are so strong and the audience so devoted to them that their mere appearance sometimes trumps whatever story is taking place.

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