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In Instagram video, Laverne Cox details transphobic attack in park

‘It’s not safe in the world.'

 

Siobhan Ball

Internet Culture

Published Nov 30, 2020

Actress Laverne Cox and an unnamed friend were subjected to a transphobic assault while walking in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park over the weekend.

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Cox took to Instagram to talk about the experience, telling her followers that she had gone for a socially distanced walk in the park with a friend when the assault occurred. She was wearing a hood as well as her mask, giving her what she described as “a little bit of incognito,” and, as she demonstrated in the video, made her basically unrecognizable.

Their assailant approached “aggressively” asking for the time and Cox’s friend, who she explained has a lot of experience accompanying trans women in places, made sure to be the one to respond as she walked ahead. His suspicion that their attacker wanted Cox to answer so he could try and work out whether or not she was trans was confirmed when he started demanding to know whether she was a girl or a guy.

Things escalated when Cox’s friend told the man to fuck off. Cox didn’t see how it began, but she turned around at the sound of violence, witnessing her friend being punched by the man who accosted them. She grabbed her phone to call the police but at that point the man took off and the assault was over.

Cox was visibly shaken in her video and talked about how she felt triggered and scared, saying that she had to keep reminding herself that she wasn’t “eleven years old anymore,” and that she was home and safe. She also said that while she was scared and triggered by the incident she wasn’t shocked, having a long history of being on the receiving end of transphobic street abuse. She said that it doesn’t matter who you are—”if you’re trans you’re going to experience stuff like this.”

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Laverne Cox went on IG Live to talk about a transphobic attack she and a friend just experienced Pensive face So much of what she had to say broke my heart because it’s simply...true.  “It’s not safe in the world [...] it’s not safe if you’re a trans person.” Broken heart
@azemezi

Cox finished the video with the assurance that if you’re attacked like this, it isn’t your fault. And that, like everyone else, trans people also have the right to walk in a park.

#HikingWhileTrans. This is absolutely unacceptable. Can Black trans women hike in peace, without being targeted? So glad you weren’t physically hurt but this takes a mental toll. All our love to you ❤️
@azemezi
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Cox’s video was met with an outpouring of support on Instagram, with people expressing their love, sympathy, and outrage on her behalf.

I am sending you so much love... You are a voice for so many who feel voiceless and this was very helpful to post. Thank you for being you.
Chris Crocker
 robinthede Verified I HATE you and your friend were subjected to this violence. You deserve BETTER.  ktqlowes Verified i love you. i am so sorry that happened. ❤️ griffinsthread Verified So sorry this happened to you. And the work continues...🖤👸🏾
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There was also a degree of outrage on Twitter over the slow media response to the assault, with many pointing out that this is typical of the disregard shown to trans women, the violence they face, and their stories.

Seems notable the most famous trans person in the country was targeted in a transphobic attack and there's just *nothing* on it in the news at all
@GBBranstetter
Laverne Cox, possibly one of the most famous trans people in the world, gets attacked by a transphobe and I don't see any news talking about it.
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BRUH I HAD TO FIND THIS OUT FROM THIS TWEET RIGHT HERE WHAT THE FUCK BRO
@truthbraindump
This is the first I've heard about it, which says everything
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*First Published: Nov 30, 2020, 11:14 am CST