Laverne Cox Tweets Open Letter About Mental Health

Trigger Warning: Suicide, Depression

Laverne Cox is an American actress and LGBTQ+ advocate known for her role in Netflix’s Orange is the New Black and becoming the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the acting category. She is known as a trailblazer throughout the transgender community and has won numerous awards for her activism and LGBTQ+ awareness. She is the first openly transgender person to be on the cover of Time, be nominated for an Emmy in the acting category, win and Emmy for executive producing, and have a wax statue in Madame Tussauds.

This past week, Laverne Cox opened up about her mental health issues in a lengthy post on Twitter. Highlights from her post included:

“Many years ago when I was contemplating suicide, I was planning to have a note in my pocket at the time of my death and several other notes in my home which would state my name, my preferred gender pronouns, and that I should be referred to as a woman in my death.”

She also wrote:

“Being misgendered and deadnamed in my death felt like it would be the ultimate insult to the psychological and emotional injuries I was experiencing daily as a black trans woman in New York City, the injuries that made me want to take my own life.”

In the same post she explained that she had stopped tweeting about trans murders because she wanted to stop living in a space of “death, murder, and the injustices that lead to those deaths.”

The full tweet can be found below:



h/t: The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap


If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support. To reach them, call 1-800-273-8255.

Caitlyn Jenner Wants To Be A Marvel Villain!

Caitlyn Jenner Wants To Be A Marvel Villain!

Is This Shade To Scarlett Johannson?

#LOL! So, Variety decided to do a roundup on Transgender Actors because of the uproar their community unleashed after Avengers Hot-Shot, Scarlett Johannson, was cast as a Transgender character in the now-dropped-filmRub & Tug. I've made accusations that Hollywood will be absolutely terrified to touch the subject of Transgender stories now: Because the Transgender community only wants Transgender people to play themselves: Apparently even without any substantial acting credits. Because now, Actors can no longer...act? I’m so confused by the whole fiasco and the effort to protest from the community. Moving on:

According to Variety, arguably the most well-known (not popular) Transgender person ever to exist, Caitlyn Jenner, wants to ACT... because it will allegedly be so easy for people to think of her as not Caitlyn Jenner. Wait, why are we continuing to give Jenner a platform? But, funny enough, she doesn’t even want to be in a B-Movie or on a streaming service like many others in her community. She's a Jenner-Kardashian, henney, she wants to be the *STAR* in DISNEY films, more specifically the Marvel franchise. Jenner tells:

"In a Marvel movie, I want to play the baddest-ass lady you’ve ever seen in your life. They got the wicked queen or the wicked lady. Just do the makeup and the outfit. And I got the deep voice.  I want to play that bad-ass bitch. I can play that girl."

It will be an absolute cold day in hell before any of the cast of characters at this Variety roundup - and Jenner - touch a Marvel/Disney film - but if they do, they BETTER be playing a Transgender character only: Because that is exactly what they have been preaching and they better stick to their word. 

Writer’s Note: This is the opinion of one Instinct Contributor and does not reflect the views of Instinct Magazine itself or it’s other Contributors. 

Laverne Cox Makes You Eat Cake with New Song

Just when you thought she had done it all, actress and activist Laverne Cox has released a song to add to her repertoire. Cox’s song Beat for the Gods is a punchy, upbeat dance anthem that is perfect for voguing and death drops. Just take the video, for example, which depicts dancers contorting every which way as they pay homage to Marie Antoinette-esque fashions and boxers preparing for a match.

Let them eat cake? They’re famish!

This is simply a passion project for Cox who doesn’t expect to be a pop star or come out with a full album—but who knows? Maybe she’ll give the people what they really want.

So next time you’re getting that mug ready for a night out on the town, blast this bop cuz category is: Get your life--Yas God, Honey!