Laverne Cox is undoubtedly one of the most inspiring members of both the LGBTQ community and the entertainment industry.
And the transgender actress chatted to LAGoss.com at the closing night gala of Outfest about what that means to her.
"It feels like a huge responsibility and obligation," she told us. "I was at the Trans Summit as part of Outfest and there was a young person there who is transgender and is not getting family support.
"They just came to the festival and they didn't know I would be there, and apparently they said that I was on their vision board. They were crying meeting me, and I hope I was able to say something that helped them along their journey. They were 17 years old and not getting parental support."
Laverne added: "What it reminded me of is when we have representation of people that reflect the world around us, that can touch people's lives in ways that we have no idea. That people can begin to understand that they exist.
Star-studded: Laverne Cox attended the Outfest closing night gala where her movie Freak Show was screened (L-R) Trudie Styler, James St. James, Laverne, Alex Lawther and Ian Nelson | FayesVision/WENN.com
"Zackary Drucker, who was the keynote speaker yesterday, said, 'How do we know that we exist if there are no documentations of our lives? Having our stories told with authenticity is so important, so I'm so happy to be here at Outfest which has been doing this for decades now."
Laverne stars in the movie Freak Show, adapted from the 2007 James St. James novel of the same name, which was directed by Trudie Styler and premiered as part of the gala.
"I am so honoured to be here at Outfest and represent this incredible film," she said onstage before the screening. "As a proud black transgender woman, I believe now more than ever it is so important to tell these stories."
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