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US: Chicago radio station calls Laverne Cox a ‘t****y’

Nick Duffy July 11, 2014

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 15: Laverne Cox attends The Paley Honors: A Gala Tribute To LGBTQ at The Ziegfeld Ballroom on May 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

A Chicago radio station has mocked transgender actress Laverne Cox, referring to her using a transphobic slur.

Hip-hop station WGCI was promoting singer-songwriter John Legend’s new music video, which features the Orange is the New Black Star.

They tweeted: “Hehe Looks like John Legend has a tranny in his new video.”

After being contacted by The Advocate, radio host UB Rodriguez has refused to apologise for using the term, tweeting “SOMEONES MADD LMAO” , before reposting his message several times.

The station has not apologised for using the slur.

Cox features in the music video for You & I (Nobody in the World), which celebrates a diverse range of women, including a pregnant woman, a female weightlifter, and a girl with down’s syndrome.

Yesterday, Cox has become the first openly trans actress to ever be nominated for an Emmy award for her role in Orange is the New Black.

Cox – who is also known for her trans advocacy work – featured on the cover of TIME magazine earlier this year.

She was awarded GLAAD’s highest honour, the Stephen F. Kolzak award by X-Men star Ellen Page in April.

Watch the clip below:

More: hip hop, laverne cox, Radio, show, tranny, Trans, Transgender, transphobic, US

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