“For many of us, the ‘T’ in LGBT means more than transgender—it also means truth,” says Cox, a breakout star on Netflix's Orange is the New Black. “The cast members in this documentary are fearlessly living their truths and in sharing their stories will send the message to other trans youth that it’s okay to be who you are.”
Part of MTV's Look Different campaign—aimed at fighting racial, gender and LGBT bias—The T Word explores the intersection of race and gender identity through the journey of seven young trans people from around the country:
Ari, an 18-year-old man from Manhattan, who graduated from high school and is starting college.
Avery, a 20-year-old woman from Queens, who shares her experiences dating.
Daniella, a 20-year-old woman from the Bronx, who speaks out against anti-transgender violence.
Kye, a 24-year-old man in Brooklyn, who became the first Division One transgender basketball player.
L’lerret, a 20-year-old woman attending college in New Orleans, where she is an active member of BreakOUT!, a group fighting criminalization of transgender youth.
Shane, a 22-year-old man from Baltimore who is a college student living with his girlfriend.
Zoey, a 12-year-old girl from California, who is supported by her mother and transferred out of her last school when the school administrators refused to acknowledge her as a girl.
With varying levels of parental and social support, these young people share a determination to live their lives authentically, while overcoming challenges like coming out, bullying and anti-transgender violence.
Immediately following The T Word's premiere, Laverne and the T Word cast will appear in the one-hour Trans Forum with MTV News' SuChin Pak live, airing on Logo TV and streaming on MTV.com.
Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word airs Friday, October 17, at 7 pm ET on Logo and MTV.