Laverne Cox spoke about the moment she was planning to commit suicide as she shared a link to a piece about transgender women being murdered on Twitter.
“Many years ago when I was contemplating suicide, 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,” Cox, 46, wrote.
“My note would be clear that I should not be referred to as Laverne Cox only not any other name (sic). 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.”
The actress added that as she read the ProPublica report she “sobbed and wept for all the trans people who have been murdered and those experiencing direct, cultural and structural violence.”
The article in question that Cox shared stated, “The transgender community has a word for calling a trans person by the name they no longer use, one that conveys a double meaning when it involves murder. It’s known as ‘deadnaming.'”
“Across the nation, ProPublica found, some 65 different law enforcement agencies have investigated murders of transgender people since Jan. 1, 2015. And in 74 of 85 cases, victims were identified by names or genders they had abandoned in their daily lives,” it added.
Cox’s latest comments come after she spoke about what equality in Hollywood truly means.
The transgender actress said if Hollywood was truly a level playing field, actors would be able to play characters from all walks of life. Read more here.