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Laverne Cox on North Carolina Bathroom Legislation: “The Public’s Not Falling for It”

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Eric Charbonneau/Netflix(NEW YORK) — Laverne Cox, the groundbreaking transgender star of the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, gets emotional when discussing the controversy swirling around North Carolina these days.

In the wake of bathroom legislation that critics have deemed anti-LGBT, recordings artists including Maroon 5, Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam are boycotting the state. That’s music to the ears of Cox.

“I’ve never seen so many artists, so many artists on a federal level come have our backs,” the actress says.

Cox says she thinks the laws are just scapegoating trans people during an election year.

“[W]hat’s amazing is that the public’s not falling for it, all the artists who are boycotting North Carolina aren’t falling for it, and we’re going to have equality and justice for trans people in the United States,” she says.

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