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Emmys 2019: Laverne Cox's clutch has an important pro-LGBTQ message

Maeve McDermott, USA TODAY
Laverne Cox's Emmys 2019 look.

Laverne Cox accessorized her Monsoori gown on the 2019 Emmys red carpet with an important political message printed on her Edie Parker custom clutch.

The "Orange Is the New Black" star carried a rainbow-colored purse, a nod to the LGBTQ flag, with the phrases "Oct. 8," "Title VII" and "Supreme Court."

Cox was accompanied on the carpet by Chase Strangio, a staff attorney with the ACLU's LGBT & HIV Project, and both spoke to E! News about Cox's choice of pointed accessory.

"October 8. Everyone should be aware that the (Trump) administration is asking the Supreme Court to make it legal to fire workers just because they are LGBTQ. And this is actually going to transform the lives of LGBTQ people, and people who are not LGBTQ, anyone who diverts from (stereotypes), like all the fabulous people here," Strangio said, referring to the red carpet. "So we really need to show up on Oct. 8, and really pay attention, because our lives are on the line."

"I want everyone to tell their friends and family about this case," Cox added, explaining how her choice to make a political statement on the red carpet made the Emmys more meaningful for her this year. 

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A close-up on Cox's purse.

"I got my Emmy nomination this year, my third one, and I was like, 'This is weird, there has to be a bigger reason.' And I thought, 'Maybe it's about this case, maybe it's about raising awareness, so that everyone knows our lives are in danger,' " she said.

Cox previously shared her views about the case on Instagram, calling it "arguably the most consequential SCOTUS case for #lgbtq+ civil rights in the United States in my lifetime."

"It should not be legal to fire someone from their job for being LGBTQ+. The Trump administration is arguing that it should be," she added, along with a link for her followers to learn more about the issue. 

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