Transgender issues have become a quite prominent issue in the U.S. these days. “Orange is the New Black” is a comedy that features a lot of transgender actors and deals with such issue. This time, Adrienne C. Moore from “OITNB” has dealt with one such issue in the show “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
The latest episode of the show tackled the transgender issue at school. In the episode, it is shown how school kids encounter a transgender child and how the issue escaletes to violence. The whole episode had a tragic end to it. Moore played the mother of the child accused in the story.
She mentioned, “Just looking at the transgender conversation that’s going on right now, we have a lot of kids who identify that way but we still live in a society that doesn’t totally accept it. One of my good friends, Laverne Cox, is an advocate for this fight. We really need to talk about these kids needing a voice and an outlet to be their authentic self.”
She is quite sensitive about the issue and feels it is important to be comfortable with who you are. As she mentioned, “It’s about who you are and how comfortable you are being that person and unfortunately, right now we still live in a society that doesn’t accept transgender people. These kids are being bullied and want to be speak out about their ‘soul identity’–as I’m learning to call it–but unfortunately, they can’t.”
The number of murders in the black transgender community is shocking, and the “Orange is the New Black” stars put to light the issue. She said, “It’s so relevant today to be able to use my voice and my artistry and be a catalyst for that conversation.”
Moore actually enjoys being part of the show. She concluded, “I’m so grateful that people are supportive of the opportunities I’ve been given. Law & Order is a dream come true. I grew up watching it! I always wanted to portray a character on the show because it’s always so riveting. And I love that it’s topical. I’ve always wanted to be a part of something that not only entertains, but educates. It makes you think about what’s going on around you.”