Laverne Cox is making a statement on the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards red carpet.

The “Orange Is The New Black” alum used her custom Edie Parker clutch to inform viewers of an upcoming Supreme Court case in the U.S. that could make it legal to fire a worker for being LGBTQ. The multi-coloured purse reads: “Oct. 8. Title VII. Supreme Court.”

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On Oct. 8, 2019, the Supreme Court will hear arguments about Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is a federal law that makes it illegal to discriminate against employees based on sex, race, colour, religion and national origin. The question at hand will be whether the law applies to cases of anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

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In a red carpet interview with E!’s Gulianna Rancic on Sunday night, Cox shared her thoughts on the upcoming court case.

“So we want everyone to tell their friends and families about this case. #RiseUpOctober8. Go to my Instagram for more information,” Cox said, referencing the below post.


The activist also brought ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio as her date to the Emmy Awards.

“Everyone should be aware that the administration is asking the Supreme Court to make it legal to fire workers just because they’re LGBTQ,” Strangio said. “And this is actually going to transform the lives of LGBTQ people, and people who are not LGBTQ. Anyone who departs from sex stereotypes, like all the fabulous people here, for example. So we really need to show up on Oct. 8 and pay attention, because our lives are on the line.”

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