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Laverne Cox and Janet Mock React to Bruce Jenner's Coming Out as Trans: VIDEO

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MSNBC commentator and author Janet Mock interviewed transgender icon Laverne Cox at the White House Correspondents' Dinner asking her thoughts about Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer Friday night.

Cox responded that she felt viewers tuned in to see a 'spectacle,' but instead saw a "profoundly nuanced, complicated, beautiful human being."

Although Cox applauded the way ABC conducted the interview, she added that Jenner's story is just 'one story' and that even Cox's visibility didn’t save trans youth like Leelah Alcorn's life and urged for structural and policy change to better trans people's lives.

Watch Cox discuss Jenner’s interview with Mock further, AFTER THE JUMP

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'Orange is the New Black' Season 3 Trailer Teases New Inmates, New Drama: VIDEO


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Orange is the New Black season 3 will be released on Netflix on June 12.


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Laverne Cox Cast In CBS Legal Drama Pilot

CoxThe Orange Is The New Black star and former Emmy nominee has been cast in a new pilot for CBS, Doubt, a legal drama that follows "a yet-to-be-cast attorney who gets romantically involved with one of her clients who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime," according to Variety. Cox will play a tenacious transgender lawyer:

[Cox] will play Cameron Wirth, a trans Ivy League-educated lawyer who’s both competitive and compassionate. Described as fierce and funny, Cameron’s own experience with injustice causes her to fight even harder for all of her clients.

Cox’s role is a big move for diversity and transgender actors this pilot season.

Doubt is being helmed by “Grey’s Anatomy” producers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan.

The Ladies of The Talk and The View Respond to Transgender Teen Leelah Alcorn's Suicide: VIDEOS


17-year-old Leelah Alcorn's tragic suicide was a talking point on recent episodes of both The View and The Talk.

Leelah, you'll recall, stepped in front of a tractor-trailer late December after being subjected to months of abuse and isolation at the hands of her parents after she came out to them as transgender.

Choking up on The View Thursday, guest co-host Laverne Cox recounted her own struggles growing up, including a suicide attempt at age 11. 

Said Cox:

CoxI did an 'It Gets Better' video, but I was also very critical of it. It got better for me when I learned how to reach out and get support, when I really did the work to truly love myself. And that's a lot of work, but you can't do it alone. And I don't want to demonize her parents, her parents must be going through the worst thing any parent would go through. But I think what they did by isolating her and not supporting her, she didn't feel like she could reach out for support, I think that's the worst thing you can do.

The ladies of The Talk were also critical of the way Leelah's parents handled things, with Aisha Tyler saying:

Talk2Every parent of a transgender child should understand that this is not a phase, that it's not a fashion trend. When your child comes to you and says "I feel like I'm a girl in a boy's body" you have to listen to your child and love them. They need your support. They don't need you to tell them that they're a bad person or that the devil is in them. 

Sarah Gilbert teared up saying "I just think it's more important to let go of the idea that you have a son than to lose your child" while Sheryl Underwood spoke at length about Leelah's "Christian bully" parents:

TalkThat is not what Christianity is all about. You're going to drive people away from what Christian love is truly all about. And I'd like to see this family, especially this mother, instead of trying to defend something that is definitely wrong to almost every mother in this room, get on your knees and ask your child and ask the Lord to forgive you for anything you did to hurt your child. 

Watch the segments, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Laverne Cox Talks New Show, Jenji Kohan, and 'Telling the T' on 'The View': VIDEO


Laverne Cox stopped by "The View" on Tuesday, gabbing with Rosie O'Donnell and Nicole Wallace. Tragically, Whoopi Goldberg wasn't there for this segment, so we didn't get another taste of their rapport.

For the most part, Cox spoke about her new project Logo documentary "The T Word." The doc follows the lives of young transgender people, who Cox points out face (on the whole) less adversity than you might have feared. Two of the show's castmembers were in attendance at "The View."

Cox also joked, defining the "T" in "T word," giving "trans" as a definition, but also pointing out the usage found among queens on "RuPaul's Drag Race." "T means truth," Cox said, with a laugh. "Trans folks started that by the way!" 

Cox talked her early days as an actress — working in independent film. She also talked her breakthrough — getting cast in "Orange is the New Black." Cox describes the serendipity of finding the show; in the early stages of casting Jenji Kohan had (jokingly) said: "We need to hire someone on this show, and ideally, they will have a twin brother." Along came Laverne and the rest is history.

Check out the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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What To Watch This Week on TV: Laverne Cox's Trans Documentary


Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— As the first trans woman on the cover of Time Magazine and the first Emmy-nominated trans actress, Laverne Cox has already helped raise awareness of the trans experience in popular culture, but this time her focus is on real-life coming out, dating and discrimination. Cox tells the story of seven trans youths in her new documentary The T Word airing Friday at 7p.m. Eastern on MTV and Logo.

A pregnant virgin, the return of Top Chef and more TV this week, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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