Laverne Cox is an American actress, reality television star, television producer, and transgender advocate.She is known for portraying Sophia Burset, a trans woman sent to prison for credit-card fraud, in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. She is also known for being a contestant on the first season of VH1's I Want to Work for Diddy, and for producing and co-hosting the VH1 makeover television series TRANSform Me.
Born a twin to a single mother in Mobile, Alabama, she was aware early on of the intersecting oppressions she would grow up experiencing. Her family was working class, African American, and the kids at school accused her of "acting like a girl."
"From preschool to high school I was bullied pretty much everyday,.. Everyone’s gender is being policed in this society and if each of us decides today, ’I am not going to be the gender police,’ then we can begin to create spaces of gender self-determination."
"You’re perfect just the way you are,I was bullied and called all kinds of names, too. And now I’m a big TV star ... Just know you are amazing and that you are chosen."
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Posted By: Kentucky |
4/03/14 12:05 PM
We all have a star inside waiting to shine!