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Laverne Cox for Nylon Magazine | Says ‘I’ve dated so many straight men who would never claim me publicly’



rs_644x777-150722090449-Laverne3Trans actress Laverne Cox is featured in the latest issue of Nylon Magazine (with Zoe Kravitz on the cover) and in the magazine she dishes on life’s lessons, balancing activism and acting and much more.

She also opens up on what life as a Trans feels like on the Hollywood dating scene.


Read excerpts from her chat below:

On speaking up for Transgender people: I’m really interested in changing the ways in which we talk with and about transgender people, not only in personal conversation but also how we cover those stories in the media. What I really have to prioritize is self-care, something as basic as getting sleep. I’ve had to say no to a lot of things. There’s a cost for me emotionally when I speak up about things. I’m always a target because I’m a public figure, and I’m not doing activism in obscurity. I have to get myself ready for the bullets.

On her beauty: So many people on my social media pages say, “You’re gorgeous,” and who doesn’t like hearing that? But it made me think: Are people saying I’m beautiful for a trans person? Are they saying I’m beautiful because they couldn’t tell I’m trans? I mean, you can find blogs where people are like, “Laverne Cox is drop-dead gorgeous,” and there are other blogs saying I have “linebacker proportions.”

On patriarchy: Patriarchy is killing men. It’s killing men of all races actually. I’ve dated so many straight men who would never claim me publicly, and I was witnessing them be torn because they thought everybody’s idea of them as men would change and that would be just so devastating for them.

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  1. Ex'gay Nigerian

    July 23, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Jus mention 1 or 2 names biko nu?

    • Anonybeautiful

      July 23, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      Sorry please Can you Clarify something, are you ex gay or ex Nigerian or both.Im just curious. Don’t abuse me please and this is a public forum, nothing like mind your business.thanks

  2. kanyin

    July 23, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    For good reason obviously!

    *side eyes* @ anyone that thinks i’m judging!

  3. Ashley

    July 23, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    It’s a crying game.

  4. jann

    July 24, 2015 at 4:20 am

    which straight men go claim you..dey risky mehn shit.

  5. Whatevs

    July 24, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Those men weren’t straight, for obvious reasons..

  6. SA girl

    July 24, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Of course they can’t be straight?, geez people and their narrow ideas on gender, trans women r women, so any man primarily interested in women and dating Laverne is straight people.

  7. semesee

    July 24, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Date? what is the definition of date? Is she trying to say men she/he/it has been with, as a bit on the side. If you date someone you get seen in public with them. So there!

  8. Stella Kashmoney

    July 24, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    No surprised they won’t claime her publicly. I watched the BET Awards she presented with Gabrielle Union, and when Terrence won for Empire, you could tell he wasn’t comfortable hugging her. Could he be one of the dates Laverne?

  9. Confusionists

    July 24, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    These trans people will bring serious confusion into the world, wahalahi. So a ‘straight’ man who sleeps with Laverne who is originally a man but changed into a woman is still ‘straight?’ Does anyone know what kinda sex they would have, gay or straight sex? Yeah, i know theres a very thin line between those two these days as ‘all join’
    Kai cconfusion dey oooo

  10. Lilo

    July 24, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Laverne is getting booty calls/ one night stand confused with dates. Men are curious and banging you out of curiosity to see if your new hole is comparable to a God made hole. Don’t be catching feelings from an experimental sex romp…

  11. Tunmi

    July 24, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I like her

  12. ChUch

    July 24, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Ha ha haaahaa. @Lilo u are so on point with that smart observation I must say!

  13. Cece

    July 27, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Some Nigerian women actually look like this

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