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Laverne Cox Shines A Light On Trans Youth In New MTV/Logo Documentary

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05/02/2014 7:24 pm
PopWrapped | Television
Laverne Cox Shines A Light On Trans Youth In New MTV/Logo Documentary
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With a whirlwind schedule of college speaking engagements, finishing her documentary about the struggles facing transgender women of color, FREE CECE, and the second season of Orange is the New Black premiering June 6 on Netflix one would think that Miss Laverne Cox has zero time to take on yet another project. Well she must have bought stock in Red Bull because Cox will be hosting Trans Teen: The Documentary, which will be simultaneously airing this fall on MTV and Logo. BuzzFeed got the exclusive on the doc, which will be a peek inside the lives of four transgender youth, ranging in ages from 14 to 24, who were found during her speaking tour and their YouTube accounts. The press release from Viacom's MTV Networks explains the importance of telling these individuals' stories:
Hailing from diverse neighborhoods across America, each of the four cast members has their own unique story to tell. But this isn't a story about being an “other”– it’s about being human. They all share the courage and determination to live their lives authentically, as the person they were meant to be. With varying levels of parental and social support, they will share their brave journeys as they learn to overcome challenges like intolerance, bullying and general confusion about who and what they are. We’ll see them try to help friends, family and, ultimately, America, understand what’s happening and why. And we will follow them as they deal with the medical, psychological, and social hurdles they face.
The recipient of GLAAD’s Stephen F. Kolzak Award tweeted her excitement "to be working with MTV on shedding light on some of the struggles and triumphs of trans youth in the US." This marks Laverne's third endeavor with MTV Networks, previously appearing as a contestant on both VH1's I Want to Work for Diddy in 2008, and TRANSform Me, a 2010 reality makeover show which Cox produced and in which she also starred. This effort comes at just the right time for LGBT-centric Logo, which recently spurned inadvertent backlash from the trans community for the content of an episode of Rupaul's Drag Race. Said episode has been removed from the lineup and going forward the tagline "You've got she-mail" has been omitted, to varying opinion from the fandom. Keep Up With PopWrapped On The Web!



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