What a class act!
Laverne Cox continues to amaze us with her openness and dedication to being a voice for the transgender community.
As one of the few trans actresses in Hollywood, the Orange Is the New Black star feels a great responsibility to address challenging issues in the media. But that can carry a lot of weight!
During the radio show Deep & Shallow with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM, the 31-year-old admitted:
"It's huge. It's too much. often have moments when I feel like it's too much. It's overwhelming."
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The pressure she feels isn't enough to stop her from fighting what she believes in:
"I'm an actress, yes, but I'm also a trans person who's been consuming media culture my entire life and is really interested in telling trans stories in a different way. And I have a lot to say about that, and I've chosen to speak out about those things."
In order to make real change, the SAG award winner said she needed to create a platform for herself as a pioneer for trans people in showbiz:
"The conversation needed to happen in a different way if I was going have space for myself that was humanized and hopefully had some sense of dignity and self respect."
She's taken a lot of strides in her personal career, but she's more devoted than ever to stand up for trans people who still face discrimination.
Listen to the rest of the inspiring interview (below)!
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You go, girl!
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