Actress Laverne Cox has endorsed
Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in an ad released on Twitter.
Cox made history in 2014 when she
became the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a
Primetime Emmy Award for her portrayal of Sophia Burset on the
Netflix drama Orange Is The New Black. The following year,
she won a Daytime Emmy for her work on Laverne Cox Presents: The T
A vocal supporter of LGBT rights, Cox
reminded viewers of Clinton's support for such rights in a 2-minute
video released by the campaign on Tuesday.
“What we see unfortunately in the
Republican Party, what we see on a policy level, is a party that has
consistently tried to disenfranchise people of color, disenfranchise
working people, LGBT people, take away women’s control over their
bodies, and that is just something I can’t support,” Cox said in
the video. “There are so many things that are working to divide us
and pull us apart, but we always have to fight.”
“LGBT rights are human rights. Gay
rights are human rights. Trans rights are human rights. And I know
that is something Hillary Clinton has been saying for years.”
Cox pointed out that as Secretary of
State, Clinton increased rights for transgender people.
“It was impossible to get a passport
if you had not had gender reassignment surgery, and in 2010, Hillary
Clinton's State Department changed those rules,” Cox said.
“I'm supporting Hillary Clinton and I
want to encourage everyone to get out and vote. For me, she is the
only candidate running for president who is really going to fight for
us,” Cox concluded.