Laverne Cox says bathroom bills are really ‘about erasing transgender people from public life’
The very visible Laverne Cox says people behind so-called bathroom bills in the US are trying to make people like her invisible.
The bills, one of which was signed into law in North Carolina last year, force a transgender person to use the bathroom corresponding with their gender at birth instead of how they identify.
‘I have to say transgender people have been using bathrooms for a very long time,’ Cox said this week during a talk at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
‘These laws aren’t really about bathrooms. They’re about erasing transgender people from public life.’
That’s not likely to happen to Cox who is the first transgender woman to appear on the cover of Time Magazine and the first to be nominated for an Emmy Award for acting.
She rose to fame as one of the stars of the Netflix series Orange is the New Block and now co-stars on the new CBS legal drama Doubt.
Last year, Cox also played the key role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter on the Fox remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show.
During her talk, Cox described herself as an artist, a sister and a daughter.
‘I believe it’s important to name the various intersecting components of my multiple identities,’ she said. ‘Because I’m not just one thing, and neither are you.’