Laverne Cox Reveals She Once Contemplated Suicide & The Steps She Would’ve Taken To Not Be Misgendered
Three black transgender women were murdered in Jacksonville this year. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office refused to refer to the victim’s by their name of choice and continuously referred to the victims as men. Touched by their stories, actress Laverne Cox took to social media to open up about misgendering of trans people and how it played a part in how she once contemplated suicide.
“Many years ago when I was contemplating suicide,” Cox tweeted. “I was planning to have a note in my pocket at the time of my death and several other notes in my home which would state my name, preferred gender pronouns and that I should be referred to as a woman in my death. My note would be clear that I should be referred to as Laverne Cox only not any other name.”
She went on to say,
“Being misgendered and deadnamed in my death felt like it would be the ultimate insult to the psychological and emotional injuries I was experiencing daily as a black trans woman in New York City, the injuries that made me want to take my own life.”
You can read Laverne’s entire passage below.