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'Orange Is The New Black' Star to Katie Couric: Stop Objectifying Trans People Published: January 8, 2014

"Orange Is the New Black" star Laverne Cox appeared on a Katie Couric Show segment about transgender women on Monday, and the clip of the interview is going viral because of what Salon calls Cox's "absolutely perfect" response to Couric's probing questions about her genitalia, according to

"The preoccupation with transition and surgery objectifies trans people. And then we don't get to really deal with real lived experiences," Cox said. "Our unemployment rate is twice the national average; if you are a trans person of color, that rate is four times the national average. The homicide rate is highest among trans women. If we focus on transition, we don’t actually get to talk about those things."

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