Why Laverne Cox Wants Accomplices Over Allies in the Fight for Trans Rights

Why Laverne Cox Wants Accomplices Over Allies in the Fight for Trans Rights 1 Laverne Cox is officially a superhero. Not that the actress, host of The Laverne Cox Show podcast and new face of E!'s red carpet coverage hasn't figuratively been saving the day...

E! News: What is your message to future generations of queer people who are coming of age right now and look up to you? How do you instill hope in these future generations?

LC: When I was a kid, I grew up in Mobile, Alabama, and I had a lot of dreams and grew up working class with a single mom. We didn’t have a lot of money. Dealing with internalized racism, internalized transphobia, being a really femme kid and being bullied relentlessly because of it, and I have been able to live out my dreams. It took a while, you know? In the commercial they say, you know, the world had to catch up, and in some ways the world has caught up, in other ways, it still hasn’t.

What I would like to tell everyone is that we are on God’s time, not our time, that we have to be on our journey, and the work is to love ourselves more. The work is to become more, much more true to ourselves, to love ourselves, to love each other and to proceed with passion. I believe that we’re all here for a reason, that there is something for each and every one of us, and that the universe has plans for us. Our work is to get rid of all the clutter and all the noise to connect with that purpose. And when we connect with it, it really is beautifully freeing and amazing. We all are divine. And it’s really about tapping into that divine energy within each of us.

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