In a push for inclusivity, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio dedicated an entire day to transgender actress Laverne Cox.
Cox, who transitioned from a man to a woman, announced on Instagram that de Blasio declared June 22, 2017, “Laverne Cox Day.”
In the Instagram post, Cox declared, “#TransIsBeautiful” and told people to have a “happy #Pride.”
In the accompanying video, Cox said, “Oh my God! How crazy is this?” before asking, “Can you believe that a black transgender woman, from Mobile, Alabama, raised by a single mother, has a day in New York City named after her?”
Cox also posted about “openly trans” members of the New York Police Department at the event:
In a statement published on the Office of the Mayor of New York City’s website for the LGBT Pride Reception, de Blasio praised Cox for “breaking down barriers” for being the first transgender actress to star in a major television role.
Cox has been vocal about transgender issues, such as the alleged right of transgender people to choose whichever bathroom they wish.
Cox has categorized opposition to allowing transgender people to choose bathrooms “not really about bathrooms, “ but rather, “about whether or not we believe trans people have a right to exist in public space.”
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