Actress, reality star and activist Laverne Cox has earned rave reviews for her amazing performance in the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black. Author Piper Kerman, Cox and several other cast members appeared Sunday on "Melissa Harris-Perry" to discuss the real-life issues behind the memoir and the series.
"It's really powerful for me to hear from [people] all across the country who are connecting to my character [Sophia]," Cox told Harri-Perry. "Partly because of Sophia's love for her wife Crystal. I've never seen a Black family like that on television. Trans identity is usually portrayed as something that is white. Partners who transition are portrayed as white women."
Cox's role on OITNB has become historic, reported TIME.
Orange is perhaps the first popular show to feature a black transgender woman as a sympathetic lead character. Following the show’s successful debut, transgender characters appear poised to enter a number of other programs, ushering in a new chapter for television. ... "In reality, as a trans person, who lives and breathes and knows other trans folk, there’s so many transgender stories that need to be told," Cox said.
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