Laverne Cox shuts down anti-LGBT activist over which bathroom she should use

Appearing on MSNBC’s HardBall, Travis Weber, a member of the anti-LGBT Family Research Council was questioned on his views about gender equality.

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Interviewer Chris Matthews asked Weber several times if fellow guests Mara Keisling and Laverne Cox, whom are both transgender, should use the men’s bathrooms.

Mara Keisling, the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said:

“Travis knows that if Laverne and I came into the men’s room with him, he would be entirely freaked out.”

After being repeatedly prompted by the host, Travis Weber responded: “A 14-year-old girl in the locker room, someone comes in with male genitalia to their locker room, of course they’re going to be harmed.”

Laverne Cox, remaining poised, replied with an important response:

“I think its important when we have conversations with and about transgender people, that we do not reduce us to body parts,” she said. “We are more than the sum of our parts. That is so deeply objectifying and dehumanising.”

The Orange Is The New Black star went on to point out that for many years transgender people have been using the facilities of their choice without incident.

The debate sparked after Donald Trump’s decision to revoke federal protections for trans students. Earlier in the week, the Education and Justice Departments said they would no longer tell schools to allow trans students to use facilities that correspond with their gender identity.

Since the rollback of Obama’s federal guidance, a number of public figures have used their platform to speak out against Trump, including Beyonce, Mark Ruffalo and Caitlyn Jenner, who originally supported Trump.

Jenner released a video message to Trump expressing her concerns, ending the video with:

“From one Republican to another, this is a disaster. [But] you can still fix it. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me.”

 

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