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|Laverne Cox - On Orlando Murders|
By Chloe Melas, CNN
Laverne Cox is demanding equality for the LGBT community. The "Orange Is the New Black" star spoke to CNN at the season four premiere in NYC Thursday night and choked up while discussing the mass shooting in Orlando last weekend and how legislation like the "bathroom law" in North Carolina are hindering the progress she and her show have made.
"We have a slew of laws that are trying to criminalize trans folks, particularly HB2 in North Carolina," Cox told CNN, referring to the North Carolina bill that requires trans people to use bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificates. "What just happened at Pulse night club is an affront to all Americans, particularly the LGBT Americans and Latinos and Latina Americans. We make progress and then there's backlash ... I think it's clear that HB 2 in North Carolina is unconstitutional and these anti-trans bathroom laws are unconstitutional and I look forward to the courts settling this issue on the right side of history."
Cox, who plays Sophia Burset, a transgender inmate on Netflix's OITNB, got emotional while discussing last week's massacre.
Pausing to compose herself, she said, "We have to take care of ourselves and have to love each other better and I hope our elected officials can understand that the gun lobby is not there for us. We should have assault weapons banned in this country ... If our elected officials say they want to protect us, then they need to do something."
My Note: This is a quality expression of love and concern. A spokesperson we can all appreciate and look to. I list it here just in case you have not already seen it or read it. This is from a few week ago but very relevant in light of the most resent events in Dallas as well. The gun madness must stop.