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*Laverne Cox was one of NYC pride parade’s grand marshals along with National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Rea Carey and “Frozen” star Jonathan Goff.

She rode through Midtown to West Village with Dolores Nettles, the mother of a young slain trans woman Islan Nettles.

Nettles, a 21-year-old fashion student, was beaten to death last year in Harlem neighborhood while walking with her friends on August 17, 2013.

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She died days later at Harlem Hospital while her murder remains unsolved.

A man in her beaten was charged and those charges were later dropped — causing uproar in the LGBT community.

Together, Nettles’ mother and Cox shed light on what happened to Islan. Her mother carried a photo of her.

Although folks celebrate pride and its become a billion-dollar business, violence is still occurring at high rates against the LGBTQ community especially trans women… and trans women of color.

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs recorded half of fatal hate crimes committed in the US during 2012 against the LGBTQ community were against transgender women victims, and 73% of all homicides were of people of color. 

Trans women of color face police violence and discrimination at a higher rate. 

And according to Transgender Day of Remembrance, there have been 85 reported cases of transgender people murdered from 2008 to 2013.

And that’s where Cox comes in. She remained vocal on what happened to Nettles and other trans women of color like her.

Time after time again, she used her celebrity — since her breakthrough role on “Orange is the New Black” — to advocate trans issues — specially issues and violence trans women of color face.