Actress Laverne Cox discusses transitioning in a new video for the I AM: Trans People Speak campaign.

“I'm an actress. I'm a producer. I'm a writer. I'm a daughter. I'm a sister. And I'm a transgender woman,” Cox says in the 2-minute-30-second video.

“When I started transitioning … I had this fantasy that I would start taking hormones and in a few years I would sort of blend in and no one would ever know that I was trans and I could just live my life, you know, undetected. And I knew a lot of trans folks like that. And that was sort of presented as the goal of transitioning. When I realized that I wasn't blending in effortlessly, I had to sort of reevaluate things for myself and I had to begin to think about … I had to begin to own this transgender thing.”

“I had to say, 'Well this is who I am.'” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)