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Transgender actress Laverne Cox still has anxiety when using public bathrooms in certain areas of the U.S.
"I remember recently I was doing a TV show and I was on television to talk about the bathroom issue and I was at MSNBC and I was like, 'Everybody is going to look to see what bathroom I'm going in'," she told U.S. talk show The View on Friday (16Jun17). "It's an extra thing I find myself thinking about because I'm trans."
The Orange is the New Black star occasionally runs into issues when she wants to use the women's bathroom, even though she's a big star.
Laverne was reminded of her struggles a few years ago while on a date in New York City and she explains she was shocked she had problems in such a diverse city.
"Years ago, before I was famous, I was on a date in New York... and they carded me when I went into the establishment," she added. "When I was going to the ladies' room the security guard stopped me and said, 'Can I see your ID?', and I was like, 'Oh, they asked to see my ID outside', and he said, 'I need to see your ID again'. And all my IDs match who I am, but it was definitely a moment I was reminded I'm not always safe - and this is in New York City.
"I definitely have more anxiety when I'm in other parts of the country about going to the bathroom, which is a shame," she continued. "And that shouldn't be a thing. If trans people can't access public bathrooms then we can't really fully participate in public life."