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14 Times Laverne Cox Dropped Her Vast Wisdom On The World

"We are born as who we are, the gender thing is something that is imposed on you."

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2. When she dubbed herself a "possibility model" instead of a role model:

"I would never be so arrogant to think that someone should model their life after me. But the idea of possibility… the idea that I get to live my dreams out in public, hopefully will show to other folks that it's possible. So I prefer the term 'possibility model' to 'role model.'" —From an interview with Katie Couric.

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8. And schooled Katie Couric on how the media should be discussing transgender individuals:

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"And then we don't get to really deal with the real lived experiences. The reality of trans peoples' lives is that so often we are targets of violence. We experience discrimination disproportionately to the rest of the community [...] if we focus on transition, we don't actually get to talk about those things."

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13. The moment she inspired us to become "liberators for ourselves and each other."

“Each and every one of us has the capacity to be an oppressor. I want to encourage each and every one of us to interrogate how we might be an oppressor, and how we might be able to become liberators for ourselves and each other." – Speech from the GLAAD Media Awards

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