‘Orange is the New Black’ star and LGBTQ + advocate Laverne Cox took to Instagram on Saturday to share that she and her friend suffered a transphobic attack that left her ‘in shock’ .
In an IGTV video, Cox explained that she went for a social walk with a friend in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park, and quickly encountered a man who aggressively asked them the time.
“The friend I’m with looks at his watch and tells him the time, then the guy who asked for the time says to my friend, ‘A guy or a girl? “” Cox said. “My friend says, ‘Fuck you’.”
According to Cox, the man then attacked his friend, hitting him several times.
“I look back and I’m like ‘What’s going on?’ The guy is like hitting my friend and then my friend walks over to him and I’m like “Holy shit!” »» Cox said. “I pull out my phone and call to dial 911, and all of a sudden it’s over and the guy is gone.”
After Cox and his friend had time to deal with the incident, they came to the conclusion that the man was trying to get Cox to respond when he asked for the time.
“The guy really wanted me to answer so he could scare me off whether or not I’m trans,” Cox said. “I don’t know why, I don’t know why this is important. At the end of the day, it’s like who cares? I’m wearing a hoodie and yoga pants, I’m completely covered, I have my mask on – who cares if I’m trans? How is this affecting your life? ”
Cox was shaken by the incident, saying it reminded her how dangerous the world can be. According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, in 2020 alone, 28 transgender people were killed, exceeding last year’s total.
“It’s not safe in the world. And I don’t really like to think about it, but it’s the truth, ”Cox said. “It’s the truth and it’s not sure if you’re a trans person. Obviously, I know that. It’s just really sad.
Cox continued, “It doesn’t matter who you are. You can be Laverne Cox, you know, or whatever that means. If you’re trans… you’re going to experience things like this. ”
Cox ended the video by encouraging his followers not to blame themselves if something similar happens to them: “When these things happen, it’s not your fault. It’s not your fault that people aren’t cool with you existing in the world… We have the right to walk in the park.
Cox’s video received immediate support from a number of celebrities.
Director Lee Daniels wrote, “Stay strong, sister-in-law.” “Little Fires Everywhere” star Kerry Washington commented, “Woman !!!!!!!! Ugh. I am really sorry. I love you. “Lovecraft Country” actor Jamie Chung also contributed a message of support, writing: “I’m sorry you and your friend were attacked. It’s maddening. I hope he was exposed and that you gave them his description.
Watch the full video below.