Laverne Cox on rumor of Caitlyn Jenner de-transitioning: ‘Being trans is really hard’

An unauthorized Kardashian biography claims that Caitlyn Jenner plans to transition back to a man, something the Olympian turned LGBT activist staunchly denies.

If the rumor were true, though, would that harm the trans community’s cause?

“What I’ve been saying since I’ve had this platform with Orange Is the New Black is that my story as a trans person is not every trans person’s story,” actress Laverne Cox said Thursday on Conversations with Maria Menounos. “One person, two people, three people, four people cannot represent an extremely diverse community.”

Not commenting on Jenner specifically, Cox did say she has friends who have had the operation reversed — but only because of the discrimination they face.

“I think what people need to realize about gender is that it’s fluid. I’ve known people who’ve de-transitioned. Being trans is really hard,” she explained. “And the funny thing is, a few people I’ve known who’ve transitioned and then transitioned back, often end up transitioning back again. And then transition back oftentimes because it’s really hard to be a transgender person in America. We don’t have laws to protect us. We’re murdered simply for being who we are. People make fun of us. We’re denied healthcare, housing, jobs. We’re not even counted in the census, an issue that I’ve been talking a lot about.”

Hear more about that cause in the clip below:

On The Jason Ellis Show, Cox also gave her take on a hot-button issue while discussing her love of heavy metal band PANTERA, whose former lead singer Philip Anselmo yelled a racist slogan on stage: Should society shun art by people who say or do offensive things?

“I think we live in a day and age when people might say something racist or really disturbing and we want to just completely write them off and write off everything about them,” she said. “And I think that the culture that sort of polices language and discards people, I’m skeptical of that and it disturbs me.”

Still, “I think it’s important to call out these systems. Particularly, white supremacy is deadly. What bell hooks, my feminist idol, calls imperialist white supremacist capitalistic patriarchy, these sort of intersecting systems that affect people’s lives in horrible ways need to be called out,” she added. “But individuals I think need to be loved, even when they say disturbing things and are problematic. I can love the person and not the politics.”

Hear the full interview at 6:30 pm ET on SiriusXM Jason Ellis (Ch. 713). Conversations with Maria Menounos airs weekdays at 1 pm ET on SiriusXM Stars (Ch. 109).

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