Laverne Cox Inspires a Young Transgender Fan

Laverne Cox is setting an example for small-screen inmates, if only to a miniature audience.

The Orange is the New Black star encountered a 7-year-old transgender fan called “M.” on a visit to the young girl’s hometown. Marlo Mack, a blogger and M.’s totally cool mom, arranged for them to meet following Cox’s local appearance.

“I had shown M. the photo of Ms. Cox on the cover of TIME when it came out last year, so M. had a vague idea that this was someone important who was also transgender,” writes Mack on her blog, gendermom. “Most of [Cox’s] speech went over their heads. But here’s the message that I hope got through to them: Here is someone who is talented and smart and famous and beloved by the multitudes – and she’s also like you.”

M. awaited for Cox to emerge through the doors of the event’s reception hall with baited breath. When the Emmy Award-winning actress finally arrived, she stopped in her tracks to greet the young girl standing in her path.

Mack recounts,

“I’m M.,” my daughter said.

Laverne smiled down at her. “Hello, M.”

“And I’m trans,” M. said.

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Photo Courtesy: gendermom

M. enclosed her role model in an embrace as Mack snapped photos from the sidelines. Cox crouched down to M’s level before imparting one phrase of wisdom.

“I heard her say to my daughter, ‘Remember, honey, transgender is beautiful,'” the blogger wrote. “Thank you, life.”

You can the touching anecdote of M’s introduction to Laverne Cox on her mother’s blog.