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Laverne Cox praises Bruce Jenner, ‘People’s lives will be saved’

Photo credit: @lavernecox via Instagram
Photo credit: @lavernecox via Instagram

Bruce Jenner’s transition won’t just affect one person or family, according to Laverne Cox, the Olympian’s bold decision to go public with his transition from male to female will change the way society as a whole understands the transgender community.

Saturday night, before heading into the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Cox told MSNBC’s Janet Mock “… what Bruce really wants to come out of this is that people’s lives will be saved, and that people will be helped by this.”

(At this time, Jenner has not chosen to publicly identify as a woman, so rolling out will continue to refer to him as Bruce until he indicates otherwise.)

“I spoke to Bruce today, and they were really pleased with the way things went last night,” said Cox, referring to Diane Sawyer’s exclusive interview with Jenner for ABC.

“I think a lot of people tuned in expecting to see a spectacle, and they tuned in and saw a profoundly nuanced, complicated, beautiful human being,” said the “Orange Is the New Black” star. “I thought ABC handled it really beautifully. … I had spoken to Bruce several months back, and the same person I had spoken to on the phone, who really just loves their children so much and wants their family to be happy, was the person I saw on television last night.”

Earlier on Saturday, Cox tweeted her support to Jenner, “Sending lots of love and support to #BruceJenner and their family tonight. It is always brave to stand in one’s truth. Congrats darling.”

Although Jenner has stated that his family, some more than others, (Khloe Kardashian) have really struggled with his transition, it appears as if the celebrity community has welcomed him with open arms.

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