LaVerne Cox

Protesters, Laverne Cox rally outside Supreme Court during LGBTQ cases
The high court heard cases on LGBTQ discrimination on Tuesday

A protester dressed up as Dorothy from the “Wizard of Oz” holds a sign in front of the Supreme Court as it hears arguments on whether gay and transgender people are covered by a federal law barring employment discrimination on the basis of sex on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Protesters in support of LGBTQ rights rallied outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday as the high court heard arguments in several cases dealing with discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Actress Laverne Cox joined the demonstration, calling on lawmakers to pass legislation to protect LGBTQ people if the Supreme Court doesn’t rule in their favor. According to a spokesperson for U.S. Capitol Police, 133 individuals were arrested for unlawfully demonstrating.

LaVerne Cox Advocates for LGBT Data with Dems
The transgender actress spoke about the need for better information

Laverne Cox calledfor federal surveys to include data on sexual orientation and gender identity. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Actress LaVerne Cox joined Democratic members of Congress to advocate for better data collection of LGBT individuals.  

Cox, an actress on the popular show "Orange is the New Black," was invited by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., in support of legislation he introduced in May to better track people LGBT in Census and federal data.