US: Laverne Cox speaks out about the struggle of transgender prisoners

Laverne Cox once again used her platform to advocate on behalf of transgender people this weekend, at Sunday’s Emmy awards.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Cox spoke out about solitary confinement, a punishment often used against transgender people in prison.

Cox was attending the Emmys as a nominee for the category of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama for her role of transgender inmate Sophia Burset in Orange is the New Black.

However she ultimately lost out on the award to Alexis Bledel, who won for her portrayal of Ofglen in The Handmaid’s Tale.

Cox told Entertainment Tonight that it meant so much that she had been nominated, as the storyline was so important to her.

“I wanted to get it right as much as possible because there are transgender people all over the country who are incarcerated, who are spending most of their time in solitary confinement. That is the way in which most trans people are housed in prison.” Read more via Pink News