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Laverne Cox and her friends were victims of a transphobic hate crime

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It seems like celebrities minding their own business in public are not safe from transphobic attacks either. Yesterday, Laverne Cox and her friends revealed that they were victims of a transphobic hate crime at Griffith Park in Los Angeles.

Laverne Cox and her friends were victims of a transphobic hate crime
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Yesterday, in an Instagram live video, Laverne Cox detailed her experience of a transphobic hate crime in Los Angeles. She described that she was in a state of “shock” and felt “super triggered”. Cox revealed that a man approached her and her friends in the park “aggressively”. He then asked what time it was, before asking, “Guy or girl?”.

Cox revealed that her friends told the man to “f*ck off,” after which he began hitting her friend. Cox then pulled out her phone and dialed 911. Luckily, neither Cox nor her friends suffered any physical injuries. However, one thing was clear – the man’s hate towards the transgender community. Laverne Cox said in the live video:

This dude was looking for trouble…because I happened to be a trans person in public. None of this is new, but it’s still just kind of like…why do you need to be aggressive?

Laverna Cox details the transphobic hate crime her friends and her endured

Cox then reveals how she tried to blame herself for what happened at the park, saying:

I started blaming myself. We were walking in the park. We weren’t doing anything… It’s important to remind myself and remind you that when these things happen, it’s not your fault… that there are people not cool with you existing in the world.

Moreover, Cox also recalled how she has been harassed on the streets of New York. And she fails to understands how her being trans affects anyone’s life?

I’ve had a long history of street harassment in New York… At the end of the day, it’s like who cares? I’m in a hoodie and yoga pants, completely covered up, I’ve got my mask on. Who cares if I’m trans? Why does this affect your life?

Finally, Cox opened up about a harsh reality regarding American society and transphobia:

It’s not safe in the world. I don’t like to think about that a lot, but it is the truth and it is not safe if you’re a trans person.

We hope Laverna Cox is served justice and greater protection. However, rooting out transphobia from society is going to be a painstakingly long process, even in a day and age when information travels so fast.

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