Laverne Cox at 2019 Women’s March: “It Is Subversive to Choose Love”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave a shout-out to trans women in her speech.

Laverne Cox, trailblazing trans actress and LGBTQ activist, delivered a powerful speech Saturday at the third annual Women’s March in L.A., one of numerous Women’s Marches held around the country.

“The achieving of basic human rights, dignity, justice or equity for one group of people does not mean that something is being taken from another group,” Cox said. “That’s scarcity thinking and scarcity thinking will always drive us further from each other.” 

“Divide and conquer is one of the primary tools of the oppressor to control marginalized people. And when I say oppressor let me be clear, each and everyone of us has the capacity to be an oppressor, no matter who we are, where we are located on social hierarchies or how we identify. And each of us has the capacity to be liberators for ourselves and each other.”

“We have seen the tool of divide and conquer be used to attack this very march,” Cox continued. “Mary Pipher in her book Reviving Ophelia so beautifully writes, ’Social change is a million individual acts of kindness. Cultural change is a million subversive acts of resistance.’ It is subversive to choose love in this fear mongering cultural environment of us vs. them. It is a subversive act of resistance to choose love today.”

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I was so honored to get to attend and speak at #womensmarchla today. It was wonderful to see and meet so many of you and feel your energy.the backlash is real and happening but you showed up and showed out. Thank you! An excerpt from my remarks today: … The achieving of basic human rights, dignity, justice or equity for one group of people does not mean that something is being taken from another group. That's scarcity thinking and scarcity thinking will always drive us further from each other. Divide and conquer is one of the primary tools of the oppressor to control marginalized people. And when I say oppressor let me be clear, each and everyone of us has the capacity to be an oppressor,  no matter who we are, where we are located on social hierarchies or how we identify. And each of us has the capacity to be liberators for ourselves and each other.  We have seen the tool of divide and conquer be used to attack this very march… Mary Pipher in her book "Reviving Ophelia" so beautifully writes, "Social change is a million individual acts of kindness.  Cultural change is a million subversive acts of resistance." It is subversive to choose love in this fear mongering cultural environment of us vs. them. It is a subversive act of resistance to choose love today. #TransIsBeautiful #womensmarch #love #resist

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Cox, the first out trans actor to be Emmy-nominated, plays a trans inmate on Orange Is the New Black, which will end this year after seven seasons on Netflix. Her upcoming projects include Jordan Peele’s YouTube Red sci-fi series Weird City and Justin Simien’s social horror film Bad Hair.

Freshman congresswoman and RuPaul’s Drag Race superfan Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also called on women to “shake the table” during her LGBTQ-inclusive speech at the Women’s March in New York, stressing that “being polite is not the same thing as being quiet.”

“Let us remember that a fight means no person left behind,” said Ocasio-Cortez, who wore LGBTQ Pride lapel pins. “So when people want to stop talking about the issues black women face, when people want to stop talking about the issues that trans women or immigrant women face, we’ve got to ask them, ’Why does that make you so uncomfortable?'”

“This is not just about identity, this is about justice and this is about the America we are going to bring into this world.”

Many politicians, celebrities, and previous sponsors have distanced themselves from this year’s Women’s March in response to accusations of anti-Semitism and homophobia leveled at its organizers, who publicly addressed the controversy at the Women’s March in Washington D.C, CNN reports.

“Over the last year, my sisters in Women’s March and I have faced accusations that have hurt my soul,” Carmen Perez-Jordan told the crowd. “Charges of anti-Semitism and neglecting our LGBTQIA family. And I want to be unequivocal in affirming that Women’s March and I and my sisters condemn anti-Semitism and homophobia and transphobia in all forms.”

Women’s March leader Tamika Mallory has been specifically criticized for openly supporting incendiary Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has spouted misogynistic, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.

“To my Muslim sisters, I see you,” Mallory said. “To my Latina sisters, I see you. To my Asian sisters, I see you. To my disabled sisters, I see you. And to my Jewish sisters, do not let anyone tell you who I am. I see all of you.”

Watch Cox’s speech below.
 

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