Laverne Cox and Sam Feder on their Netflix documentary ‘Disclosure’

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Executive producer Laverne Cox is featured in Sam Feder’s documentary ‘Disclosure.’ Photo courtesy of Netflix

Laverne Cox made history as the first transgender person nominated for an acting Emmy for her role in “Orange is the New Black.” She’s been a vocal advocate for more diversity in Hollywood — with a focus on trans people of color. Now she’s executive producer of the new film “Disclosure,” which explores Hollywood's portrayal of trans people.

While often negative, sometimes film depictions were inspiring. Cox talks about how she found herself through watching movies, and possibly not the ones you might expect.

Now streaming on Netflix, “Disclosure” explores how some on-screen portrayals over the years have stoked fears about gender nonconformity. Think about the cross-dressing serial killers in “Silence of the Lambs” and “Psycho.” But the movies can still be a home for young trans people who are figuring out who they are.

Cox and director Sam Feder discuss the making of the film, which included an almost all trans crew. They also talk about J.K. Rowling’s recent transphobic remarks.



Kim Masters