Laverne Cox, a star on Netflix’s Orange the New Black, has expressed her shock after she and a friend were targeted in a transphobic attack in Los Angeles.
In a 10-minute video posted on Instagram, Cox said she had gone out for a walk with her friend when a man “aggressively” sought time from them. As the friend was watching his watch, Cox said the man asked him if he was a “boy or girl”.
The friend, whom Cox wished to keep anonymous, told the man to “fuck” him and was then attacked by the man.
“I’m in shock,” Cox said in an Instagram video. “I am walking, I hear all this happening in a split second and then suddenly a man is attacking my friend.
“I take out my phone and call 911 … suddenly it’s over and the man is gone. I put out my phone and I’m like: ‘What happened?’
Cox told his followers that the attack, however, shocked him. “I have a long history of harassment,” she said. “It’s not safe in the world and I don’t like to think about it a lot but it’s the truth.” It is true, if you are a trans person you are not safe. Obviously I know this well. “
He said: “The guy really wanted me to answer so he could shake whether I’m trans or not. I don’t know why it matters. At the end of the day, who cares?
“I am in a hoodie and yoga pants, I am completely covered, I have got my mask. Who cares if I’m trans? How does this affect your life? “
She said that she is very lucky and grateful that her friend was with her. “It doesn’t matter who you are.” You can be Laverne Cox, you know, or whatever that means. If you are trans, you are going to experience stuff like this. Luckily my friend is safe, luckily I am safe. “
Cox became the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy Award for her role as Sophia Bursett in Orange is the New Black, a Netflix series about inmates in an American women’s prison.
This year Cox released Disclosure, a Netflix documentary on trans representation. The documentary criticized Hollywood’s history of transgender stereotypes and tropes. “We need more trans people working behind the scenes – directing, producing, under line posts, just more, “She told the Guardian in June.” And more representation in positions of power. “