Laverne Cox Challenges Passing Privilege and Lifts Up Trans Beauty

By awarding more value to transgender people who “pass” as their gender, we send the message that something’s wrong with being trans.

That message is wrong.

Here’s Laverne Cox challenging it with the recognition that being trans is beautiful.

Take in her uplifting message to combat the harm of passing privilege. We should be free to proudly pass as ourselves.


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Laverne Cox is a critically acclaimed actress who currently appears in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, playing the groundbreaking role of “Sophia Burset,” an incarcerated African American transgender woman. Laverne is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. Time Magazine named Sophia Burset the 4th most influential fictional character of 2013. A renowned speaker, Laverne has taken her empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations to live more authentically all over the country. Her insights have been featured on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NPR, HLN, VH1, FOX NEWS LATINO, among other national TV and radio networks.