Laverne Cox: 'I feel more included than I ever have as a trans woman of color in the LGBTQ community'

Laverne Cox feels as though the LGBTQ community has "shifted" in recent years when it comes to the inclusion of trans people and people of color, and she feels "more included than ever" before.

I recently sat down with the trailblazing "Orange Is The New Black" actress at Magnum New York's special event with GLAAD to talk about what Pride Month represents to her and the impact that her portrayal of Sophia Burset has had on society's understanding of the trans community.

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"To be real, I haven't always thought that Pride was for me as a trans woman," Cox explained. "I haven't always felt that, but since 'Orange' and being the grand marshal of the Pride parade three years ago, I feel like the LGBTQ community has shifted. I remember that year, in 2014, I really wanted to talk about people of color and trans people being more included in the LGBTQ community."

"Even though there is work that still needs to be done, I do see so many more organizations trying to do the work to be more trans-inclusive and include more people of color [in their messaging]," she went on. "Can they do better? Absolutely, but there's always room for improvement, and I feel more included than I ever have as a trans woman of color in the LGBTQ community."

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Actress, producer and LGBTQ advocate Laverne Cox "takes a dip" at the MAGNUM New York dipping bar during a special event celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month, in partnership with GLAAD, on Wednesday, June, 21, 2017 in New York City. Guests can purchase a limited-edition custom Pride MAGNUM bar during the month of June.

Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision for MAGNUM/AP Images

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Actress Laverne Cox attends the 'Orange is the New Black' Season Five Debute Screening And Conversation at 92nd Street Y on June 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by CJ Rivera/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Laverne Cox and Danielle Brooks attend the Season 5 celebration of 'Orange is the New Black' at Catch on June 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Actress Laverne Cox attends the 'Orange Is The New Black' Season 5 Celebration at Catch on June 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 05: Actress Laverne Cox arrives at Netflix's 'Orange Is The New Black' For Your Consideration Event at the Saban Media Center on May 5, 2017 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - APRIL 27: Actress Laverne Cox arrives at We Day California 2017 at The Forum on April 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 07: Laverne Cox attends the Netflix FYSEE Kick-Off event at Netflix FYSee Space on May 7, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Laverne Cox attends the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Actors Judith Light, Andrew Rannells, and Laverne Cox attend the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for EJAF)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Actresses Laverne Cox (L) and Adrienne C. Moore arrive at the Essence 10th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Laverne Cox attends Build series to discuss 'Doubt' at Build Studio on February 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 13: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airing Monday, February 13, 2017 with Laverne Cox. (Photo by Timothy Kuratek/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Actress Laverne Cox attends the 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Recording artist Beyonc�(L) and actor Laverne Cox during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS)
PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Actress Laverne Cox attends the 48th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 11, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 04: Actress Laverne Cox poses in the press room at the 69th annual Directors Guild of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 4, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: CEO of Absolut Elyx, Jonas Tahlin and actress Laverne Cox attend The Weinstein Company & Netflix's 2017 SAG After Party in partnership with Absolut Elyx at Sunset Tower Hotel on January 29, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company/Netflix)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: Actress Laverne Cox attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Conversations with 'Doubt' at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room on January 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Laverne Cox attends the 18th Annual Post-Golden Globes Party hosted by Warner Bros. Pictures and InStyle at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
MARINA DEL REY, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Actress Laverne Cox arrives at the 1st Annual Marie Claire Young Women's Honors at Marina del Rey Marriott on November 19, 2016 in Marina del Rey, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 14: Actress Laverne Cox attends Variety's Power of Women Luncheon 2016 at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 13: Actress Laverne Cox attends the premiere of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do The Time Warp Again' at The Roxy Theatre on October 13, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 13: Laverne Cox at 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again' Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 13, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 13: Laverne Cox attends Madame Tussauds Hollywood Unveils A Wax Figure Of Laverne Cox at Madame Tussauds on October 13, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Laverne Cox arrives at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) greets actress Laverne Cox during he LGBT for Hillary Gala at Cipriani Club on September 9, 2016 in New York City. Hillary Clinton is attending fundraisers and in New York City. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Trace Lysette and Laverne Cox arrives at the Variety And Women In Film's Pre-Emmy Celebration at Gracias Madre on September 16, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Actress Laverne Cox attends a celebration with Republic Records and Guess after the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Vandal with cocktails by Ciroc on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Republic Records)
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Cox points to collaborations like Magnum and GLAAD's for Pride Month as important moments in which mainstream corporate America "says that these lives matter" and they want to "support" the trans community.

"It sets an example for everyone," Cox explained.

That being said, one doesn't have to look very far to see that the trans community is still under attack. Whether it's the current presidential administration rescinding the so-called "bathroom bill" that protected transgender students or the continued murders of trans women of color, there's still a ton of work to do.

One of the ways in which Cox and GLAAD are working to increase the acceptance of the trans community is through increased, accurate portrayals of trans men and women in the media. As Cox has seen first-hand from her portrayal of Sophia on "Orange," representation in the media is invaluable when it comes to changing the ways that people think about certain people and communities.

"After our first season, I got a tweet from this woman who wrote a blog about how 'Laverne Cox from Orange changed my mind about trans people,'" she remembered. "She wrote a blog about how she thought trans women transitioned just for sex, but then she saw my character on TV and got to know who I was. I don't know if that would've happened if a non-trans person was playing my part. I think that it clicked more with her because I am a real person living this experience."

She recalled another instance after the second season of "OITNB" when a transgender woman told her that watching the episode about Sophia's origin story inspired her to come out to her wife, who watched with her and accepted her for who she was.

"This is real!" Cox said. "People's lives are really changing, and there are so many more stories like that that I've heard. Everything I said about the images created in the media can change people's lives. I'm a witness to that."

And it's not just about representation in front of the camera, either. Cox is eager to develop her own scripted show, as it's "just as important" to have trans people behind the camera writing, directing and producing media to ensure that these stories are told accurately and with care.

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Getting ready to take the stage at @capitalpridedc and we will be streaming LIVE on my Twitter! Stay tuned to watch. #YesToAll 💙❤️💛💚💜
Selena Gomez celebrating Pride in June 2017.
My girls!!! Happy #pride!!!! 🌈🌈🌈
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 11: Brandy Norwood attends the LA Pride Music Festival and Parade 2017 on June 11, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 10: Aaron Carter attends the LA Pride Music Festival And Parade 2017 on June 10, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 10: Gigi Gorgeous attends the LA Pride Music Festival and Parade 2017 on June 10, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
Very proud to be who I am as a soul, a human being, and as an energy on this earth. #pridemonth #iloveyou 😈❤️💙💚🍓
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