Laverne Cox speaks at Macy's for Black History Month

The policies and protections that LGBT people enjoyed in the Obama era have not carried over into the Trump administration. Obama lifted the ban on trans people in the military and he gave lesbian, gays and trans people high-ranking positions in his administration.

But now that Obama is out of office, trans people like Laverne Cox (pictured) are struggling to find work.

Laverne Cox speaks at Macy's for Black History Month

Despite being one of the breakout stars of Orange Is the New Black, the openly transgender actor says doors are not opening up for him in Hollywood.

The 45-year-old actor shared his struggles at a Black History Month event held at Macy's, New York, on Thursday.

“Two years ago, I was in the waiting room with actresses who were like, ‘Oh my God, this is my fourth audition today'. And I was like, ‘Oh, I’ve never auditioned that much,’" the actor told the audience. "There have never been that many parts as a black, openly transgender woman, because I am who I am, there probably have been fewer opportunities for me to work.”

Laverne was one of the prominent voices and faces of the LGBT movement in the Obama-era, becoming the first openly transgender person to appear on the cover of Time magazine and any Cosmopolitan magazine.

Despite the difficulties of finding work in Hollywood, Laverne does count his blessings, and is always thinking of ways to share them.

“Certainly there are fewer opportunities for someone like me being black and being trans and being a woman. In the face of that, it’s not bad,” Laverne said. “The truth is I’m one of the lucky ones. The question for me becomes, as I produce, how to bring other people along for the ride.”

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    create your own doors Laverne ... Open up your own opportunities when others slam the door in your face ... I guarantee the doors that you are able to open will give you a chance to help others like yourself...

  • tintin

    I agree I'm sure Laverne made a little money so invest in something where you're the boss

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    what does Obama have to do with this? was Laverne formerly employed by the Obama administration? it's difficult in general to get acting gigs. *yawn*

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ya see what happened to Monique begging azz ... When folks don't want to work with you on a ship ... Shyt get your own ship and be the Captain ... ya can't force anyone to accept ya but you can accept yourself and not play victim ... and take the wheel. .. ? be the captain

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Maybe he can be the side piece in Superman 6 ?????

    Give Ms. Lane some fierce competition ?

  • Phillybruh

    I see where she says its difficult in general. I don't see Orange is the new black ending anytime soon. She's on a show coming to CBS next season.

  • iWasteTime

    This is too funny,
    Laverne is going to be on Live with Kelly and Ryan Monday to promote a show she is on, that will be on ABC ....

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  • Tandra Lee

    Laverne is a puppet of the old white gay men who are secretly running Hollywood. As long as he is their slave and don’t act out like TS Madison, he will be fine and will still have work. The gag is that he is replacing the work of real Black women. If not, he can go back to prostitution in NYC like he did before OITNB.

  • Vonn

    The headline is killing me. I like his dress.

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  • Alicia.Ashe

    I like the dress

  • Vonn

    It's too early the hatchet. Lol

  • Chele

    @Tandra Lee?????? You he it.?

  • mona q

    If you don't stop it with this nonsense.

  • mona q

    THANK YOU....Which is why I said if Sandra doesn't stop it with this nonsense.

  • Chele

    @Tandra Lee?????? You get it.?

  • mona q

    UGH...I agree with you but don't get me started on Mo'Nique...seriously...she is just digging deeper by the minute...she's working on the comedy circuit but in the meantime, she keeps burning bridges...

  • Itzgoingdown

    Throughout history, never has some been given so much, as Obama, and he's given back so little, as Obama. For all the stupid replys..... Blacks made no economic nor academic progress during Obama's 8 years in office. His legacy is gays, illegals and white women and a few scraps for the blacks who's backs he rode to the presidency.

  • Yardgirl

    Oh really? Beauty competition series, premiering Feb. 28. Glam Masters, Laverne Cox has been tapped as the makeup competition series' host and judge. Sounds like work to me.

  • NeverSurprised

    HE's 's not struggling. Despite HIS complete lack of talent, Hollywood is still using HIM to advance their gay/"trans" agenda among blacks.

    HE's got a new ABC pilot that is a rip off of Whoopie Goldberg' s character in Ghost. It will fail just as HIS last series failed (cancelled after only TWO episodes) because sane, rational people aren't willing to LIE and pretend this towering MAN with huge feet and a huge penis is in any way a "woman."

  • Junkanoo

    I wonder if she thinks she should be a bigger star at 45 the competion is stiff for black women in hollywood, she's doing better than most and should just count her blessings .

  • Phillybruh

    Well the show on CBS was terrible and that was more Catherine Hegel then her. I think she plays trans in each of her roles.

  • Mec-One

    Don't be mad, UPS is hiring

  • LeeSeeCee

    I tried to watch that show on CBS with the chick from Grey's (obviously not very memorable). Laverne's acting was sub par and stilted. A gimmick can only go so far... Need to have actual talent other than makeup application and dressing in women's clothes.
    To be honest, haven't even watched 1 episode of OITNB. I'm more of a sci-fy nerd. Shows about prison are of no interest to me as I never want to go to one or be incarcerated, lol...

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  • Phillybruh

    Yeah that show was bad all around.

  • Mrs. ??????????

    Serves it right. Didn't Beyoncé hire it to model a female clothing line?

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  • LeeSeeCee

    Heigl at least has acting chops. She EMOTES. Laverne was just flat. I couldn't even get past the 1st episode.

  • Quitedeliteful

    He'll be alright. I believe Hollywood will always keep him working as long as he doesn't do anything stupid . Hollywood is full of the LGBT community and they will support one of their own. His wig is nice...

  • NeverSurprised

    CBS used HIM to promote the show far more than they used Heigl (on the talk show promotion circuit and especially on SM). It was seen as HIS show and it failed miserably.

    I know it's hard for people in the LGBTQRSTUVW community to accept the truth, but the fact is, no matter how great the weave and makeup, a man in a dress still looks like a man in a dress. A successful scripted series requires that an audience WANT to have the characters in their living rooms each week, and the average viewer simply does not want a 6' tall, freakish-looking, cross-dressing man in their living room.

  • Rayne

    But you’re not a woman tho Leonard ????

  • NeverSurprised

    As long as there are straight black men in America, gay-controlled media will continue to try to get those men to be attracted to crossdressing males, so there will always be work for Mr. Cox.

  • the guest

    But UPS is a man's job LOL

  • hottlanta

    Sick of trans women trying to show real women how to apply makeup. Where is Chaz Bono showing real men how to wear jock straps and Stacy Adam shoes properly. I can see Chaz now saying the cup goes here.

  • hottlanta

    I don't know what marketing team told them that the public would be excited about a Beyoncé clothing line and to let Leroy wear them is gonna be great. Can't wait for Steve Harvey to hire Chaz Bono to model his suits for his spring line.

  • the guest

    Laverne Cox has a job on a Netflix show. The work is seasonal and he should be living within the means of his employment. Every actor in Hollywood is not a superstar and living large. Why is this man complaining about being employed and being able to pay his bills. He's a working actor, that's not enough?

  • hottlanta

    Leroy been back at Home Depot in aisle 3.

  • bashi

    She can be a motivational speaker for the trans community, podcast, YouTube series about her life, fashion consultant ect.

  • MsPam

    Take off that dress and be who you really are, how about that?!??

  • freelancepimp .

    They should have wrote her into the Black panther film. Her big ass would of fucked Wakanda up. HA HA I kid!!!

  • Calikush

    Lol, Thank you!!!! I wholeheartedly agree!!! Muhfugga ain’t did a d@mn thang for black folks, and my people steady giving him undeserved props!!!! Sad ain’t it! Smh....... ?????

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  • imright

    too bad so sad ?????

  • imright

    so he’ll be fine?

  • Phillybruh

    Do you get a special feeling when you call her him or something.

  • Rachel

    Post Obama-era has nothing to do with people not wanting to pretend that he is a woman. This is mental illness that should not be promoted. If I went to the doctor and said I think i was born to be handicapped let's do an operation to cut off my legs. The Doctor natural reaction would to have me committed. Why is this any different when a man wants to cut off a vital part of his body and live with a fake vagina that is really an open wound for the rest his life.

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  • Kimberly King

    His dress and wig are definitely cute! He needs to stop trying to live a lavish life and just live comfortably. I'm sure he can find an old white man to finance him, while he still does his acting sh*t on the side! He wants to look like Beyonce so bad.

  • SumthinSweeter

    sorry but don't feel one iota of empathy for him.

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  • Maxima

    This is funny as f*ck, LOL!!

  • Maxima

    What makes me angry about this is that the media wants Black Americans to focus on this BS and not about how we are about to be replaced by those who look like us but are not us (ya know, the "Wakandans"). Let us think about what is really going on here: are we to support white supremacy because it has a Black, or Gay or Trans Face? Because the ultimate goal with this BS is to reduce our numbers and keep us sleep.

  • Phillybruh

    Well nothing brings the black community closer than its contempt for gay people so why don't they just build on that and go from there? But hating is actually easier than doing and if they actually got serious about doing they would realize just how low gay people are on the list of things that are detrimental to the black community. It wasn't a gay or transgendered person that murdered my college bound nephew last year. But Its the gays!

  • VernadineTheQueen?

    Go back to being what your was born to be a “Man” and you might get work. Child Bye!! ??

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  • Desiree Edwards

    I don't think that's the reason. It's all about the amount/type roles that are available in "Black Hollywood". I don't really see many roles for transgendered men. It's hard enough as it is for regular actor to get their due diligence. JOM

  • primadutch

    I'm glad you used the correct pronoun, Auntie!

  • datjerk

    He wasnt working all that much before. She had OITNB and one or two other things, but that was it.

  • RealATLPeach36

    You’re not a woman!

  • NeverSurprised

    Are you asking if I get a "special feeling" from telling the truth? The only feeling I get is one of honestly, which is an admirable trait among honorable people.

    The real question is-- do YOU get a "special feeling" from lying and denying biological science? In humans, a Y chromosome and a penis = male. Scientific FACT. Sociology is malleable. Biology is not.

    What do you tell your kids when they are doing their science homework: that they can make up whatever answers make them "feel good," or that they must learn the FACTS? Science is immutable. And Mr. Cox is a man.

  • Trace da Ace

    ummm....checked and I had no shits to give for this....moving along...--->

  • KB

    I want those fire heels so I can play with my BF in the "red room". That's all I got on this post ?.

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  • Trace da Ace

    yes!!! I feel you on that....but por que' does he have stocking on???? I HATE stockings, especially with sandals!!!

  • KB

    I agree.

  • Junkanoo

    Not a bad idea a lot of trans women especially in the midwest need help with makeup and style in general

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Look BOY acting isn't the only career choice when you are need work... Why don't you go to the LGBT HEADQUARTERS AND DEMANDS THAT THEY GIVE YOU A JOB. AND NOT A BLOW JOB EITHER!

  • ?? LANCA ??

    Sandra is an angry carpet muncher who is JEALOUS of ALL gay feminine men because they are naturally more beautiful than he/she will ever be. We see your play on calling all transgendered people he. Sandra you are more of a HE than she is. Side by side a person from another country would point to Laverne as the REAL WOMAN!! Ha ha haaa. Jokes on you.

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  • Sally Wright McLinn

    He's producing what? That whole Transgender-actor thing was a brief "thing" a passing fancy. It's over now. Thank god.

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  • Evillene

    So much intellect, talent, leadership and wealth leaves the Black community because of its blind contempt for black LGBT brothers and sisters. That's the work of white supremacy -- keeping us ignorant and hating; anything to divide us.

  • Patricia

    did he think roles would just fall into his lap? hes delusional. hes gotta trick and ho like the rest of hollywood. he also better get busy finding himself a rich sponsor in dubai like everybody else. thats what the celebs do to maintain between films/tours.

  • MsChocCookie

    Huge feet!!

  • Look@m3

    STOP!!!!!!!!!! OMG I just fell out...I can't with yawl

  • TJF1306

    News flash - it could be because you are not that great of an actor?

  • NeverSurprised

    Man feet. ?

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  • Ant Hill

    Lamont* Cox...Boom Bye Bye like Buju

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Cute hair.
    Cute shoes.
    Love the stockings.

  • Blak

    You're a mentally ill man who has desecrated his body and dresses up as a black woman for a living with mediocre acting skills; who made you think that you will stand ahead of other hard working, naturally born black female actresses? Look sir, Walmart and McDonalds are hiring, I suggest you go...


    Not a woman.. A decent female impersonator... A man that takes female hormones and plays dress up... and wants everyone to play pretend with him...
    Go to a store and shop in the mens section... cut your hair like a boy... Does that make you a man? Call yourself Pat. lol Thanks Obama..

  • Guess Who

    This is a man. Ain't no "trans". It's a dude. He can dress up all he wants, still a man.

    I bet you if I went around saying I was a damn grizzly bear and always felt like I was one yall would think me what's the difference in a man thinking he's the opposite sex?

  • Unhappy American

    Savage AF I love it ??

  • sceutie

    I am a wolf. lol