2019-10-07 11:58:30

Laverne Cox Speaks Out on Violence Against Trans Women of Color

At least 18 transgender people have been killed in the United States in 2019 — most of them trans women of color.

Last year, there were at least 26 killings of transgender people. The American Medical Association has declared the wave of violence an epidemic.

Laverne Cox, the award-winning transgender actress and longtime trans rights activist, says such violence has long been part of the lives of trans people.

“For my entire life as a trans woman, for 21 years, I have been hearing about, witnessing, going to memorials [and] going to Trans Days of Remembrance.”

Cox says the violence reflects a society-wide backlash against the gains made by trans people and others in the LGBTQ community, including from the Trump administration.

“Now we’re coming out of the shadows, and as we come out of the shadows, people want to force us back into the dark,” she says.

Cox joined Democracy Now! ahead of Supreme Court hearings this week on whether federal nondiscrimination laws extend to LGBTQ people. She was joined in studio by Chase Strangio, deputy director for transgender justice with the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project.

American Medical Association Amy Goodman Democracy Now! Free Speech TV Human Rights Laverne Cox LGBTQIA Rights Terrorism Transgender Rights Transgender Violence United States Violence

Human Rights and Equality

Just Solutions

4 Main Issues That Keep Humanity at 100 Seconds to Midnight

4 Main Issues That Keep Humanity at 100 Seconds to Midnight

The Thom Hartmann Program

Alabama Cops Are Terrorizing a Small Town

Alabama Cops Are Terrorizing a Small Town

The Thom Hartmann Program

Are Gun Makers Making AR-15 Assault Weapons for Kids?

Are Gun Makers Making AR-15 Assault Weapons for Kids?

The Thom Hartmann Program

Scientist Have Predicted When Society Will Collapse

Scientist Have Predicted When Society Will Collapse

Related

Democracy Now!

U.S.-Backed Drug War Fuels Murders of Journalists in Mexico, Most Dangerous Country for Media Workers

U.S.-Backed Drug War Fuels Murders of Journalists in Mexico, Most Dangerous Country for Media Workers

Democracy Now!

Home Demolition in Sheikh Jarrah Seen as Part of Broader Israeli Effort to Dispossess Palestinians

Home Demolition in Sheikh Jarrah Seen as Part of Broader Israeli Effort to Dispossess Palestinians

Democracy Now!

“Downfall: The Case Against Boeing”: Director Rory Kennedy & Michael Stumo, Father of Crash Victim

“Downfall: The Case Against Boeing”: Director Rory Kennedy & Michael Stumo, Father of Crash Victim

Democracy Now!

Stephen Breyer to Retire, Giving Biden Chance to Nominate First Black Woman Supreme Court Justice

Stephen Breyer to Retire, Giving Biden Chance to Nominate First Black Woman Supreme Court Justice

Proud Partners