Actor and producer Laverne Cox reported via Instagram Live that she and a friend were attacked in a bias crime in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. While clearly shaken, Cox told viewers that she and her friend are not seriously injured.
She says as she and a friend were walking in the park and talking, a stranger aggressively asked for the time as he approached, and after her friend gave him the time, the stranger asked “Boy or girl?”
Cox’s friend told the stranger to f*** off, and the man attacked her friend, who apparently put up a spirited defense. Before Cox could dial 911, the attacker disappeared.
Watch the video below:
She notes she was still in shock when she recorded the video, but she reminds all of us that harassment and attacks of this sort are never our fault.
As a reminder, here are some tips I put together for personal safety if you are a sex or gender minority:
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