Laverne Cox Will Take TV Viewers Inside The Lives Of Transgender Young People


A case could be made to name Laverne Cox the busiest lady in show biz. Besides her recurring Emmy-nominated role as on the hit Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, Cox is a welcome presence on late night talk shows, in music videos, at fundraising events and even in pride parades. Now, continuing to show why she earned that Time magazine cover, the actress-activist has exec-produced Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word, which offers TV viewers an unvarnished glimpse into the lives of seven transgender youth from all over the U.S. and who range in age from 12 to 24. Each of the subjects “will share their determination to live their lives authentically, as the person they are meant to be.”

The doc is said to examine “transgender identities and race through each individual’s journey as they overcome challenges such as coming out, bullying, and anti-transgender violence.”

The T Word will premiere simultaneously on Logo and MTV on October 17 at 7 p.m.

“For many of us, the ‘T’ in LGBT means more than transgender, it also means truth,” Cox said in a statement. “The cast members in this documentary are fearlessly living their truths and in sharing their stories will send the message to other trans youth that it’s okay to be who you are.”

Profiled in the documentary are the following trans folk:

• Ari, an 18-year-old man from Manhattan, who graduated from high school and is starting college.

• Avery, a 20-year-old woman from Queens, New York, who shares her experiences dating.

• Daniella, a 20-year-old woman from the Bronx, New York, who speaks out against anti-transgender violence.

• Kye, a 24-year-old man in Brooklyn, New York, who became the first Division One transgender basketball player.

• L’lerret, a 20-year-old woman attending college in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she is an active member of BreakOUT!, a group fighting criminalization of transgender youth.

• Shane, a 22-year-old man from Baltimore, Maryland and a college student living with his girlfriend.

• Zoey, a 12-year-old girl from California, who is supported by her mother and transferred out of her last school when the school administrators refused to acknowledge her as a girl.

Immediately after the premiere, Cox will host the hour-long Trans Forum, in which she and the people featured in the doc talk about issues that affect the trans community, plus questions from a live audience and via social media.

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  • jayj150

    Will she take the opportunity to do a PSA for yet another child-killer this time?.

  • Scribe38

    I really like her and the way she attempts to give back.

  • Meowzer

    Geezez!!! Enough of Laverne Cox already!! She’s an activist… goody for her.

  • SportGuy

    Glad to see more stories like these instead of stories about stupid twinks for pedos to drool over.

  • Jacob23

    “For many of us, the ‘T’ in LGBT means more than transgender, it also means truth,” Cox said in a statement. ”

    Lol! What a pompous moron. Anyway, too bad that Cox’s concern for young people doesn’t extend to Ebony Nicole Williams. That would be the young girl murdered by “transwoman” Synthia China Blast. Cox is a big supporter of the killer.

  • Masc Pride

    @Meowzer: I’m convinced one of the editors is banging it (and Davey Wavey).

  • E T

    @Jacob23: Hey Jacob, that’s not true.

    Here’s a link: http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2014/08/26/laverne-cox-distances-herself-controversial-trans-inmate

    [ Upon learning of the horrific circumstances prompting Blast’s incarceration, Cox asked the Sylvia Rivera Law Project to remove the video, writing on her Tumblr, “I was not aware of the charges for which she was convicted. If I had been aware of those charges, I would have never agreed to read the letter.”

    “My intention was to highlight the horrific conditions many trans people experience during incarceration — to shed a light where often there is only darkness,” Cox wrote, referring to the tragic reality facing innumerable trans prisoners. ]

    Cox is only guilty of not doing her research beforehand. You are guilty of the same. A quick Google search could have shown you that Cox is certainly not a big supporter of Blast.

  • jayj150

    @E T: You are being as hypocritical and disingenuous in your defense of Cox, as Cox was in their “apology”. The only reason why Cox apologized was because in this particular instance, the backlash of their support for this child-killer finally affected them. But this is NOT the first instance of Cox supporting a convicted murderer. Earlier this year, Cox defended Robert “Michelle” Kosilek to get sex reassignment surgery while serving time in jail for strangling his wife Cheryl so badly that she was almost decapitated. WHERE IS COX’S APOLOGY FOR THAT?.. Or does Cox only apologize when their PR person tells them they went too far?. Was Cox also not aware of the details of this particular horrific murder?. And why did Cox not distance herself ALTOGETHER from the Sylvia Rivera Project?. The list of transgendered child killers it supports is long and filled with extremely sickening, disturbing child-murders. Cox won’t do that because transpeople, will support ANY transperson and will ALWAYS see them as the victim, regardless of that they horrifying crime they might have committed.

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