Laverne Cox Celebrates the Strength of the LGBT Community Through Art
In the face of tragedy, art can speak louder than words. Last Friday, before the tragic mass shooting in Orlando, Laverne Cox celebrated the strength of the LGBT community as she unveiled an installation in Washington D.C. showing crowd-sourced artwork submitted to Marriott Rewards' #LoveTravels initiative. Thirty-five hundred submissions came from nearly 100 countries all over the world and were all dedicated to transgender lives and leaders. No one knew what would happen just a day later, but the act of unity through art feels just that much more poignant and powerful after the fact.
"What's so beautiful, I think, is that art is healing," Cox told ELLE.com before the unveiling. "These beautiful creations of love by trans people for trans people and art is a healing, life-saving endeavor, it has been for me. So, finding creative expression when I'm not working is very crucial for me. I hope that will inspire people to find the art in themselves."
For every art piece, Marriott rewards made a donation to Casa Ruby, the only bilingual, multicultural LGBT organization providing crucial support for transgender residents based in D.C.
"I always like to prioritize trans lives because we've been pushed to the back of the bus for far too long," Cox said, "The idea of including
trans people and centering the lives of trans people is really important." She said this is why while in D.C. she for the LGBT Data Inclusion Act–a bill that'd call for government to include sexual orientation and gender identity in all federal surveys, like the census. "We don't actually have an actual count of how many people, transgender people, there are in the United States because we don't have that question," Cox shared.
In addition to her activism, Cox's acting career continues to rise with Orange Is the New Blackreturning this week,The Rocky Horror Picture Showairing in October, and new CBS show, Doubt. There was a lot of excitement surrounding the fact that she's the first transgender actress to play a transgender series regular character on a network, but she's apprehensive to call attention to it.
"I think sometimes those 'first' conversations can be really tricky because they can erase people that may have come before you. [There] was this trans actor on television before me playing a trans character," she said.
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