That's what stars who are a part of the trans community are hoping others will learn when they share their own journeys. After all, as Laverne Cox once explained to ABC News, "Having your story told validates your experience. It's like, 'I'm not alone anymore, and maybe I'll be OK.'"
"My joy is real, but it is also fragile," the Juno star wrote in a lengthy social media statement. "The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared. I'm scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the 'jokes' and of violence."
Calling out the "rife, insidious and cruel" discrimination those in the transgender community often face, Elliot continued, "To all trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better."
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