Laverne Cox Praises Bruce Jenner: “This is Like Another Gold Medal”‘

Transgender actress Laverne has spoken on Bruce's brave decision to go public about his gender transition.

L averne has praised Bruce after his interview with Diane Sawyer, and the two part special the family aired about Bruce’s transition. She thinks it was handled with care and she reached out to Bruce to tell him he had done a fantastic job at highlighting transgender issues for people:

“I think it’s always powerful when another transgender person comes forward and speaks the truth of their experience authentically and lives visibly authentically. Those stories have to be treated with respect, and nuance. I told Bruce, ‘This is like another gold medal'”

Laverne believes people didn’t get what they expect from the show and it showed Bruce as a “beautiful human being”. She commented that she also heard from Bruce about how much he loves his family and wanted them to make it through this time:

“I think a lot of people tuned in expecting to see a spectacle, and they tuned in and saw a profoundly nuanced, complicated, beautiful human being. I thought ABC handled it really beautifully. I had spoken to Bruce several months back. The same person who I spoke to on the phone, who really just loves their children so much and wants their family to be happy was the person I saw on television last night.”

However, the actress thinks Bruce’s story isn’t like many others because he comes from a privileged place where he can do things differently:

“Bruce’s story is very specific. Most trans people don’t have that kind of privilege. At the end of the day, the visibility that I had last year and continue to have, didn’t save Blake Brockington from suicide, didn’t save Leelah Alcorn from suicide, didn’t save the seven trans women who were murdered the first eight weeks of this year.”

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