Laverne Cox is voicing her support for Bruce Jenner.
It looks as though the Orange Is the New Black actress has been both a confidant and a resource for the reality TV star. While at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday, she confirmed that she and Bruce had discussed his transition.
She told msnbc's shift:
"I had spoken to Bruce several months back. The same person who I spoke to on the phone, who really just loves their children so much and wants their family to be happy was the person I saw on television last night."
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"What Bruce said to me today, I was like, ‘This is like another gold medal,' and they said, ‘This is better than a gold medal.'"
Very moving. And we agree — Bruce should be extremely proud of his interview.
Laverne went onto confirm that Bruce's story is not about just one person, but an entire community.
The unofficial spokeswoman for the trans community expressed:
"Bruce's story is very specific. Most trans people don't have that kind of privilege. At the end of the day, the visibility that I had last year and continue to have, didn't save Blake Brockington from suicide, didn't save Leelah Alcorn from suicide, didn't save the seven trans women who were murdered the first eight weeks of this year. So visibility matters, but structural change and policy change is what needs to happen so the lives of all trans people will be better."
We look forward to see what changes will come from this public conversation — especially with incredible spokespeople like Laverne and Bruce!!
( From Perez: Bruce stated in the interview to use "he" and "him" so we will do so in our coverage until that changes. )
[Image via WENN.]
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