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Laverne Cox felt ‘survivors guilt’ after trans women murders

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Laverne Cox grappled with mixed emotions as she shot to fame as one of the leading faces of transgender women.

“The month I was on the cover of Time magazine, five trans women were killed. So I felt a lot of survivor’s guilt. A feeling like, ‘Why me?'” she told The Cut in a new Q&A. “I felt an obligation, so that year I said yes to a lot of things. But there were a lot of folks who wanted to invalidate me, scapegoat me, and make me a representative of all trans people.

“I never purported to be that,” she continued, “and so I just had to be really careful about what I said and what I did.”

Eventually, the “Orange Is the New Black” star, 46, had to stop talking about the murders because she couldn’t emotionally handle it anymore.

“It got to a point when it was hard to talk about trans people being murdered because I was doing it all the time,” she shared. “It’s a really dark place to live in.”

Cox understands the power that comes with her celebrity but is also acutely aware that she’s in a different position from others.

“I don’t do a lot of marches, and I have a lot of guilt about that,” she confessed. “But as a black trans woman, me getting arrested is different. Trans people experience horrible s–t in prison.”

She added, “I have to know that my contribution is going to be different from other people. Power is being clear about who you are.”
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