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Laverne Cox “Not Surprised” Donald Trump Hasn’t Recognized Pride Month (VIDEO)

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Laverne Cox said on “The View” on Friday that she’s “not surprised” Donald Trump hasn’t recognized Pride Month. Watch the video below.

Also known as LGBT Pride Month, the month of June is typically dedicated to recognizing the impact of the LGBT community. Its timing is to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Bill Clinton declared June to be “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month” in 2000, and Barack Obama declared “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month” during every June of his presidency, from 2009 to 2016. But two weeks into June 2017, Trump has said and done nothing.

Asked about his silence during an appearance on the ABC talk show, Cox said, “I’m not surprised.” The transgender star noted, “I have a lot of friends who are part of that party that he is a part of — I can’t even say it — who are part of the party that he’s a part of who are very pro-LGBTQ rights. And the previous administration was amazing with LGBTQ rights.”

“It’s not surprising,” Cox said again about Trump and his administration, “but we are Americans, too. Trans folks and LGBTQ folks are still experiencing a lot of discrimination in this country, and our lives should be acknowledged. If you’re going to do it, this would be the month to do it. So I would love it if maybe they would, but I’m not surprised they haven’t.” It was pointed out that Trump does still have some time left, which prompted Cox to get a little dig in. “He’s really busy. He’s now under investigation, so. He’s a lot to deal with. Oy vey,” the actress cracked.

As Gossip Cop previously reported, Cox supported Gavin Grimm during his fight over bathroom use, and she now told the panelists about still struggling with the issue herself. “As a transgender American… everybody’s going to look to see which bathroom I’m going in. It’s an extra thing I find myself thinking about because I’m trans,” she explained, even recalling being asked to show ID before using a restroom in a Manhattan club. “It was definitely a moment that I was reminded it’s not always safe, and this was in New York City.”

The “Orange Is The New Black” star further said, “I definitely have more anxiety when I’m in other parts of the country about going to the bathroom, which is a shame and that shouldn’t be a thing. If trans people can’t access public bathrooms, then we can’t really fully participate in public life.” Prior to Cox joining the table, the co-hosts were debating whether it was sexist when Kamala Harris was interrupted at the Jeff Sessions and James Comey hearings. Now she was asked to weigh in, too.

Cox admitted she’s a “little biased,” as the senator recently tweeted her in celebration of Pride Month. Still, she noted, “I think it was really interesting that two weeks in a row she was interrupted. None of the dudes were interrupted, first of all. And last week she asked one of the most important questions.”

“They tend to filibuster to run out the clock. I love the senator and I would love it if they could just not interrupt her,” Cox added. Check out the full video below, which also includes lots of “OITNB” talk.”

 


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