The former Olympian and Orange Is the New Black actress star in a new HBO documentary that tells the stories of transgender Americans

By Christina Dugan
November 15, 2016 12:00 PM

Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox are lending their voices to a cause near to them.

In an exclusive First Look at HBO’s The Trans List, the I Am Cait star asks, “What is this thing, female? It’s more than hair and makeup.”

The Trans List, directed by portrait photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, explores the experiences of Americans who identify as transgender. The documentary will highlight a diverse group of individuals to tell their stories in their own words, addressing identity, family, career, love, struggle and accomplishment.

“A light goes off and you just feel, finally I know what I need to do to feel complete and be happy,” another transgender woman says.

As a number of transgender individuals proceed to briefly tell their stories in the trailer, Cox concludes the clip by saying, “We live in a world that tells so many people that they’re not enough. I’m here to tell you that you are.”

This isn’t the first time that Jenner and Cox have spoken out on transgender equality. Earlier this year, the Orange Is the New Black star shared a special message with her fans at the Golden Globe Awards.

“I want to do a shout-out to everybody out there who’s watching who feel like your lives might … you’re struggling with feeling like you’re enough, like your lives are treated like they don’t matter,” she said. “Your lives matter, your voices matter, your stories matter.”

Though Cox, 32, views her fame as a platform to advocate for the trans community, she has admitted in the past that the role can be “overwhelming.”

“I’m an actress, yes, but I’m also a trans person who’s been consuming media culture my entire life and is really interested in telling trans stories in a different way,” she previously told Andy Cohen during his radio show Deep & Shallow with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy. “And I have a lot to say about that, and I’ve chosen to speak out about those things.”

As for Jenner, the 67-year-old former Olympian had anything but a quiet transition. Since coming out in 2015, Jenner has undoubtedly dedicated a great amount of time speaking on behalf of the LGBT community.

“Maybe this is the reason that God put me on this earth, to tell my story, to help other people because this is bigger than anything,” Jenner said at the Chicago House fundraiser luncheon last year. “The Olympics, it’s a game, we play the game, we win or lose. This story is about life.”

The Trans List premieres Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. ET on HBO.