Laverne Cox says trans folks are “coming out of the shadows” and won’t be sent back

I want to ask about the violence against trans women. Last month, Ja’leyah-Jamar, an African-American trans woman, was murdered in Kansas City, Kansas. She’s at least the 19th transgender person
to be murdered in the U.S. this year. Thirteen died from gun violence. The majority are women of color. Laverne Cox, you have long spoken out on this issue. Talk about the climate in this country today. It is really hard for me to continue to talk
about the murders of trans women of color. I was talking to my makeup artist, Deja, who’s also openly trans, early yesterday. And I told her, when I started transitioning
medically in 1998, that violence — that this was a reality in my life in 1998, that
there were trans people being murdered all around me, and this insane fear: “Will I be
next?” I remember going to a memorial for Amanda Milan, a trans woman who was murdered in the early 2000s here in New York City. She was stabbed outside of the Port Authority. And for my entire life as a trans woman, for 21 years, I have been hearing about, witnessing, going to memorials, going to Trans Days of Remembrance. And the trauma of that is — I don’t actually even have words for the trauma of that. And I think about just black people in general who have watched our people be murdered in the streets and the collective trauma of that. And I disassociated from it so much because it’s too much. It is way too much. And we live in a culture that consistently
stigmatizes trans people, tell us that we aren’t who we say we are. When I read the Alliance Defending [Freedom] brief on Aimee Stephens’ case, they bent over backwards to not use female pronouns to refer to Aimee Stephens. There was this insistence in misgendering
her. And what underlines most of the discrimination against trans people is the insistence that we are always and only the gender we were assigned at birth, that we’re somehow fraudulent. And when we have an administration and we have government policies that continually stigmatize us, it makes it OK for the person on the street who sees a trans person and decides that we should not exist anymore. And it is just — I’m really at a loss,
because I know it’s intersectional. I know that it’s about employment. I know it’s about healthcare. I know it’s about homelessness and having access to all of these things to keep us out of harm’s way, that so many of us don’t
have access to. The unemployment rate in the trans community is three times the national average, four times that for trans people of color. The majority of us make less than $10,000
a year. And so, when you cannot make a living, you find yourself in street economies, you find yourself homeless. That makes you more of a target of violence. And so, there’s so many things that we have to do as a culture to end this violence. And showing up tomorrow at the Supreme Court, letting your friends and family know that it is not OK to discriminate against trans
people, that when we are living our lives, so many times just walking down the street as a black trans woman, people saw it as some sort of affront to them, when men would find themselves attracted to me because I was walking down the street, and they would get upset
about that. I talked a lot about Islan Nettles’ case,
and she was just walking down the street, a black trans woman, in 2013, and two men catcalled her, realized she was trans and beat her until she died. We should not be killed simply for being who we are. We are not — we deserve civil rights. We deserve to be able to work and to live
and to thrive. And so, the targeting that this administration has done, the very first — one of the very first things that Jeff Sessions did in his Justice Department in 2017, February 2017, was rescind the guidelines that the Obama administration set forth for transgender children in the United States of America. And then the military ban happened, and then so many of these other things. And that consistently sends a message that it is OK to discriminate against us. I think part of this is a backlash against
the unprecedented visibility we have in the media now. Trans people are coming forward and saying, “This is who I am. I have a right to exist.” We’ve always existed, and now we’re coming out of the shadows. And as we come out of the shadows, people want to force us back into the dark and to back pages. And we are saying, “No, we deserve a right to live in the light.” And that’s all we want.

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  1. Stop the first thing liers are doing that needs to stop is let the public Know that there are men ! looking like a women lets keep it a billion! And the other ones who women looking like a man! Regardless the natural born males and females need to know what and who they're dealing with at all times. America is on some bullshit Stop calling a man a women!

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  3. Ok, FREE educattion for all the UNEDUCATED people who will come here to TROLL. Gender is NOT sexually assigned. It is SOCIALLY assigned. The reason? Patriarchial CONTROL. Devide, and pit sides against each other and control the narritive. Not all societies around the world restrict their population to just 2 genders. Gender is a SOCIAL CONSTRUCT, just like religion. MAN made to CONTROL weak willed men and to subjugate women and children as chattle property.
    MOST people have NO education in the subjects of BIOLOGICAL sex and CULTURAL genders. They make stupid comments yet have never studied biology, anthropology, psychology, or the epistimology of social sciences. They fall on their fake bible stuff or their Jerry Springer University skool of hard knocks education.
    Simple minds can't wrap their head around the complexity of things they DON'T KNOW about. Humans don't come just one way or another. We are ALL DIFFERENT. GET AN EDUCATION!!!!!
    If you can't afford to go in the usa go to Germany they will give you free tuition if you're american! TRAVEL the world and LEARN something. Your TV/church/job/town isn't the world.

  4. _How do you call a man a woman if he's not a woman?..What's a transgender pronoun?. He made refence to transgender children?. Are these men dressing in female's clothing and calling themselves women_they clothing changes crosses them over to transgender, meaning made to look like a woman?.but they got male genetalia right?. If yes!, Then they play acting, make believe but they wanna be called, treated like a woman, when in reality they are stil a man made to look like a woman by clothing, wigs and make up!!.Really!, That's stupid!!. A real woman's got female genetalia, and what about the other straight men!, Them and the transgender men have the same genetalia_Right!. They the same just disguised!, Ain't that abnormal, fake, and or crimiminal behavior?. They got no right using women's restroonms!. because they got men genetalia!.They fooling people they are in disguise, that's why they ending up dead!??. This is messed up Y'all's!. They have to cut the male genetalia off first before they can have a chance to use female BR, whatever this some monster freaky crazy deep perverted stuff. How they get soooconfused, kids too good grief, who's perverting the kids????
    10/07/[email protected]:38PM.

  5. Im 63 straight man that has seen many bad things in my life .We are all Gods children let these people live the life they choose .

  6. Coming out of the shadows and getting put to sleep for the most part keep trying to run this s*** down people's throats they will throw it right back up

  7. These ppl are confused. They ain't men cuz they wanna be females or they ain't females cuz they wanna be men. They are transformers just a bunch of decepticons. They should all be sent to jail. Just how GOD says that sin is sin. Then us humans should do the same with these people until they get there heads straight. Humans prioritizing one sin over another. Now it's ok to be gay or confused but if speak about GOD then I get sent to jail while the decepticon gets to roam free. Come on people, sin is sin to GOD. Don't let people tell you other wise. Always remember to put on the full armor of GOD and not let these people or their comments deceive you. Stand firm in your faith no matter what lies the devil throws at you. Remember there will be a time when bad will be good and good considered bad. And this gay movement is just the beginning. Stay awake for the devil knows his time is coming to an end, and he doesn't wanna burn by himself so he will try to deceive as many as he can.

  8. Let weird ppl live their lives but please don't bother me with their eternal list of grievances I got my own problems.
    Give em a piece of land to fuck each other and have their laws.

  9. Turns out they want to go back into the shadows and go back to their old genders. Doesn't make sense to mutilate yourself in the first place anyway.

  10. It’s clearly mental illness and needs to be treated as much. Cox needs to be in a hospital seeking treatment not on the Amy Goodman show

  11. All human beings should treated with respect. You can do plastic surgery to change outward appearance but you can’t change Chromosomes which is nature’s permanence.

  12. Grotesque! Portraying black Americans as deviants after Joshua Brown murder. Do not trust this news source. It's a psych op.

  13. DN deleted my comment about them getting murdered specially by people in in the 🏳️‍🌈 community, smh I’m unsubscribing this channel

  14. What's the matter? Aren't you up on current events? Don't you read the papers? Don't you read comic books? That's the trouble with you; you don't know the latest developments.

  15. Transphobia deserves a firing squad. Fuck this. Next president must speak out about this. We love you trans people. 💐💐💐💐

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  17. Amy Goodman/Democracy now are masters at playing on the emotions of the dumb down masses. Cox, you can get all the surgery and take all the hormones you like. The XY Chromosomes inside every cell of your body defines you as a Man..Period. All the costumes, surgery, washroom signs and enablers like Amy Goodman will never ever change that.

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