Laverne Cox: I love seeing transgender people shine

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article

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.

READ MORE: WATCH: Transgender actress Laverne Cox enraged over misgendered murder victims

"[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

Follow us on social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram

Sign up to W24's newsletters so you don't miss out on any of our stories and giveaways.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What are you most looking forward to buying this Black Friday?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
It looks like the pandemic is still far from over, so more loungewear
17% - 22 votes
The lockdown has made me want to invest more in homeware and furniture, so I'll be adding those to my Black Friday cart
28% - 35 votes
I'm going to use it to get a headstart on Christmas gifting
36% - 45 votes
Footwear is all about comfort this year, so definitely sneakers
13% - 16 votes
It's a good time to get discounted wigs and other beauty essentials
6% - 8 votes
Vote