Caitlyn Jenner Thanks Laverne Cox: 'Your Support Means the World'
By Meredith B. Kile
Caitlyn Jenner has received a huge amount of attention from the media and public since her announcement, but one of the strongest voices of support has come from Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox.
Jenner added the hashtag "#TransIsBeautiful," which the Orange Is the New Black actress has frequently utilized on social media in posts and tweets and transgender acceptance.
"For me it is necessary everyday to celebrate every aspect of myself especially those things about myself that don't align with other people's ideas about what is beautiful," Cox wrote in a Tumblr post about Jenner’s announcement. "#TransIsBeautiful is about, whether you’re trans or not, celebrating all those things that make us uniquely ourselves."
"I am so moved by all the love and support Caitlyn is receiving," Cox wrote on Tumblr. "It feels like a new day, indeed, when a trans person can present her authentic self to the world for the first time and be celebrated for it so universally."
Cox spoke to ET about Jenner’s transition at the New York City premiere of Orange Is the New Black’s third season last week, where she commended the former Olympian for having the courage to transition in the public eye.
"I can't imagine transitioning publicly," Cox said on the red carpet. "I feel was such a mess in my early transition, and the grace and elegance that she has at this stage is just, it's inspiring."
While their stories may be inspirational, Cox was also quick to point out that she and Jenner do not represent the norm in terms of transgender access and acceptance.
"Most trans folks don’t have the privileges Caitlyn and I have now have," she wrote in her Tumblr post. "It is those trans folks we must continue to lift up, get them access to healthcare, jobs, housing, safe streets, safe schools and homes for our young people. We must lift up the stories of those most at risk, statistically trans people of color who are poor and working class. I have hoped over the past few years that the incredible love I have received from the public can translate to the lives of all trans folks."