Actress Laverne Cox was overwhelmed last week by the warm welcome she received at the opening of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's annual Creating Change conference.

“This feels so amazing, all this love that you're giving me tonight,” said Cox, a star of the Netflix drama Orange is the New Black. “I have to say that a black transgender woman from a working class background raised by a single mother – that's me – getting all this love tonight. This feels like the change I need to see more of in this country.”

Cox, a transgender woman who plays a transgender character on Orange is the New Black, talked about the struggles transgender people face.

“Some days I wake up and I am just a girl who wants to be loved,” Cox told the crowd. “But I was told on more than one occasion by a man who told me that he loved me that he could not be seen in public with me … because I am trans. And not only because I am trans, because people can tell that I am trans. I am not passable enough by certain standards. … I've heard it from men I've dated. I've heard it from members of my own community who told me that I am not passable enough.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)