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Actress Laverne Cox is “definitely in shock” and “triggered”, but well after a transphobic attack while walking with a friend in a park.

Cox, 48, said in a live video on Instagram on Saturday that she and a friend were walking earlier that day in Griffith Park in Los Angeles when a man “very aggressively” asked about the weather. Cox’s friend told him what time it was, and the man asked, “Guy or a girl?”

Her boyfriend, realizing that the man was referring to Cox, told him to “(explicitly”) and the man started hitting her friend, she recalled. The actress and her boyfriend, who wished to remain anonymous, believed that the man wanted Cox to answer his questions so he could judge “whether I’m trance or not.”

Cox said she pulled out her phone to call 911, but “suddenly it’s over and the man is gone,” so she didn’t call the police.

Cox is one of the most notable transgender actresses in Hollywood, best known for her role in “Orange is the New Black” and has dedicated her career to promoting the well-being of trans people on and off screen.

“This guy was looking for trouble … because I happened to be a trans person in a public place,” she said. “That’s all I thought. It’s not shocking to me – obviously this is my life. I’ve dealt with it a lot, but it never fails to be shocking, I guess … my whole life, my whole life I’ve been harassed and harassing. None of this is new, but it’s still something like … why should you be aggressive? ”

She added, “If it doesn’t matter who you are. You can be like Laverne Cox, whatever that means. If you’re a trance, you’ll experience things like that.”

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They were both physically well, but were shocked, and Cox wondered if she should have recorded the incident or if there was anything she could do to prevent it from happening at all.

“I started blaming myself,” she said. “We were walking in the park. We weren’t doing anything. I think it’s important to remind myself and remind you that when these things happen, it’s not your fault. The world.”

A record number of transgender and non-gender-based people have been killed in violence this year: The human rights campaign found at least 39 deaths in 2020 as of November 24, although the organization notes that numbers are likely to be higher. because of those who are not reported or not represented by gender in media or police reports.

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“It’s just not safe in the world,” Cox said. “I don’t like to think much about it, but it’s true and it’s not safe if you’re a trans person.”

The actress said she was grateful that she went with her boyfriend, who quickly realized that he had to intervene to protect her.

“He was like, ‘Yeah, I’ve been in a public place with trance people before, and that’s never happened,'” Cox said. “I was like, ‘Yes, this has happened to me a lot.’ It doesn’t always happen physically, but yes. I have a long history of street bullying in New York. “

She added: “I don’t know why it matters. At the end of the day, who cares? I’m wearing a hood and yoga pants, completely disguised, I put on my mask. Who cares if I’m trance? Why does that affect? your life? “

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