Laverne Cox: Pride is about remembering those who paved the way

Tue. June 21, 2016 8:38 AM by

Transgender actress Laverne Cox discusses what pride means to her in an NBC Out video.

Cox made history in 2014 when she became the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her portrayal of Sophia Burset on the Netflix drama Orange Is The New Black. The following year, she won a Daytime Emmy for her work on Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word.

Cox is an outspoken supporter of transgender rights.

In the 60-second video, Cox says that pride for her is about people accepting themselves and remembering those LGBT activists who paved the way for us.

"Pride for me is about anyone who is LGBTQIA, gender non-conforming, questioning proud of every single thing about themselves. Loving, embracing and accepting ourselves," Cox said.

"And for me it's also about remembering those people who have come before me. People like Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, who fought to have this freedom that we have today. And remembering that the struggle continues," she added.


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