Laverne Cox has just released the trailer to her new one-hour documentary, The T Word. The documentary will air on MTV and Logo TV Friday, October 17 at 7 pm EST.
“For many of us, the ’T’ in LGBT means more than transgender,” Cox said in explanation of the title. “It also means truth. The cast members in this documentary are fearlessly living their truths and in sharing their stories will send the message to other trans youth that it’s okay to be who you are.”
Cox rocketed to fame with her Emmy-nominated role on Orange Is the New Black and has used her celebrity to set straight common misconceptions about transgender people. For example, on CBS This Morning, she casually corrected Gayle King when Oprah’s best friend asked her about when she was born a boy. (She stated, “I was assigned male at birth, is the way I like to put it, because we’re born who we are. The gender thing is something someone imposes on you, and so I was assigned male at birth but always felt like I was a girl.”)
As both host and executive producer of the The T Word, Cox hopes that that the documentary will continue to educatie people. The film follows seven trans youth through important moments of their lives, from the moment they realize their identities to their interactions with significant others and family. It also depicts what Cox calls “the often dangerous obstacles they faced on the path to self discovery.”
Among the people profiled are Zoey, a 12-year-old girl who transferred schools when administrators refused to acknowledge her as female, and Kye, the first Division One transgender basketball player.
In the trailer, Cox says, “We live in a world where people are often judged for being different. But this is a celebration of those differences, as well as how we are the same.”