Laverne Cox has shared that she and a friend were the victims of an attack motivated by transphobia in LA yesterday.
The Orange Is the New Black star discussed the attack on Instagram Live last night, in a video with the caption ‘We Were Just Attacked in Griffith Park. We are fine. Be careful out there. #TransIsBeautiful.’
She added in the clip: “I’m in shock and I’m triggered.”
"All of a sudden, the guy is attacking my friend"
The star explained: “I just went for a socially distanced walk with a friend in our masks in Griffith Park. […] We pass this guy, and the guy very aggressively asks for the time.
“When people talk to me in the street I usually ignore them. That’s just the New Yorker in me. My friend tells him the time. Then, the guy says to my friend: ‘guy or girl?’ My friend says: ‘Fuck off.’”
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“I’m walking, I’m hearing all of this is happening in a split second. All of a sudden, the guy is attacking my friend. I look back, I’m like: ‘What is happening?’ The guy is hitting my friend, my friend is going towards him. I’m like ‘holy shit.’ I pull out my phone and to dial 911. All of a sudden it’s over and the guy is gone.”
Elsewhere in the video, Laverne says she has a “long history of street harassment in New York” adding: “I can’t believe it got physical.”
Sending our love, Laverne.
Saying that she’s “safe”, Laverne nevertheless added: “It’s not safe in the world. It’s not safe if you’re a trans person.”
She added that her friend theorised that the man “wanted me to answer [the question about the time] so he could [work out] whether I’m trans or not. I don’t know why it matters. At the end of the day, who cares?”
RPDR’s Peppermint also replied with words of support, saying: “Good lord. I'm so thankful for your friend.”
Pose's Indya Moore meanwhile replied: “I love you” while Sharon Stone said: “That’s a lot to process. You seem like you’re back on solid ground now. Good job."