Trans ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Star Laverne Cox: Blacks Being “More Homophobic” is a Myth

Laverne Cox in 'Orange Is The New Black'

Transgender actress Laverne Cox in ‘Orange Is The New Black’

Laverne Cox , the transgender breakout star of Netflix hit TV series, Orange Is the New Black , recently sat down with theGrio to talk about her path to stardom, her thoughts on homophobia in the Black community, and why she looks up to actress Kerry Washington .

Known as a contestant from season 1 of VH1’s reality show, I Want to Work for Diddy , Laverne now plays prison inmate Sophia Burset in the groundbreaking comedy-drama which has received critical acclaim.

At the most interesting part of her interview, she touches on what it has been like to be both Black and transgender:

“I feel like I’ve gotten amazing support from the [Black] community but also by the same token, most of the street harassment I experience is from other Black people. Right? So it’s a mixed bag. There’s a lot of Blacks folks in my life who’ve been amazingly supportive and I think that there’s this myth that Black folks are somehow more transphobic or more homophobic than everyone else and I don’t think that’s true.

See, I believe that in Black culture we have this legacy of Black men sort of being emasculated, and I think gay Black men and trans women sort of evoke some of that trauma… of Black men being emasculated. And I think that’s a part of the psychological thing that happens to some people, beyond the religious stuff.”

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  • Douce Media

    I love her character and she plays it well.

    She is absolutely right, though. Part of this myth stems from the fact that black men have been emasculated for some time now.