Actress Laverne Cox speaks out on Transgender Military Ban

Laverne Cox in Orange Is The New Black Season 5. Myles Aronowitz/Netflix

Transgender actress Laverne Cox has spoken out in response to President Donald Trumps’ transgender military ban:

“I have met many transgender Americans over the years who have served or are currently serving our country in the military. I have heard from them humiliating stories of being misgendered and experiencing various kinds of mistreatment when they are willing to put their lives on the line in ways many of us would never do including our current President,” Cox says in a statement to EW. “This latest reversal of another Obama administration policy continues to send the message to trans Americans that our lives, our safety and service are less valuable and unwanted in this country, the country I love and hold so dear.”

Transgender Americans will not be silenced by this administration.  To the celebrities speaking out for transgender rights, thank you.  To those cisgender allies who have spoken out today or reached out to me, thank you.  It means a lot.  While I’m not a service member one of my earliest transgender friends is in the military and I worry about her future in her current role and all the transgender members of the military.


Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

Leave a Reply