Laverne Cox: I love seeing transgender people shine

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Laverne Cox says "seeing young transgender people shine" is one of the "greatest joys" of her life, after she achieved career success herself.

The actress came out as transgender when she was a teenager.

"Can I tell you one of the greatest joys of my life, having done all the things that I've done, is seeing young trans people shine? It brings shivers to my spine, it brings tears to my eyes," Laverne tells People magazine.

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"[Seeing] trans and non-binary voices being elevated and having media presence, honestly, it feels like I can pull back a little bit. Finally, we have a mainstream platform to amplify the voices of activists, who, for years, have been saying we need a certain level of respect and dignity for trans people," she adds.

Laverne also praises the "brilliant younger folks who can come forward" as they remind her she’s not alone.

"The reality is that I've always had my community behind me and with me, but there weren't as many faces as there are now. Public faces. And that is beautiful," says the award-winning actress.

Compiled by Phelokazi Mbude

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