Laverne Cox And Friend Targeted In Transphobic Assault In LA Park
Written by Black Voices on November 30, 2020
Laverne Cox mentioned she and a pal have been accosted in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park over the weekend in a transphobic encounter that turned violent.
The “Orange Is the New Black” actor went reside on Instagram shortly after the incident happened, saying it had left her shocked and “tremendous triggered.”
“It’s not secure if you happen to’re a transperson,” Cox mentioned. “Clearly, I do know this nicely.”
The star mentioned she and a companion have been out for a socially distanced stroll and that she was wearing a hoodie and face masks. The 2 handed a person who “very aggressively” requested for the time. Her pal answered.
“Then, the man who requested for the time says to my pal, ‘Man or woman?’ My pal says ‘fuck off,’” Cox mentioned, saying she seemed again after which “unexpectedly, the man is attacking my pal.”
“I used to be like, what is going on? The man is hitting my pal, after which my pal goes in the direction of him and I’m like, holy shit,” she continued.
The transgender rights activist mentioned she took out her telephone to name 911 however the confrontation de-escalated rapidly.
“I simply can’t imagine it acquired bodily,” Cox mentioned. She questioned aloud whether or not she ought to have recorded the incident and what else she might have completed, whereas reminding transgender folks in comparable circumstances to not blame themselves.
Cox mentioned her pal was bodily “nice” and that she was additionally secure, however that she deliberate on texting her therapist to assist her course of the incident.
“I’ve been harassed and bullied my complete life,” the four-time Emmy nominee mentioned. “Residing in worry shouldn’t be a very good factor.”
It didn’t seem that the actor reported the incident to police, however HuffPost nonetheless reached out to the Los Angeles Police Division for remark.
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