July 3, 2013
In Neflix’s highly anticipated new series, Orange Is the New Black, a trans woman is actually played by…a trans woman. “I’ve literally played a prostitute about seven times,” actress Laverne Cox says, and her reel confirms it. From Law & Order to Bored to Death, it’s easy to see that Cox, a black transsexual woman, has come up against some disturbing typecasting, a fact she’s quick to point out. “In reality, yes, trans women do sex work, but the problem is that we don’t all do sex work. There are trans women who are doctors, and lawyers, and nurses, and mothers, and sisters, and convicts.”