An Award-winning Actress and LGBT Rights Advocate
Laverne Cox is the first openly transgender person to be nominated
for a Primetime Emmy Award in the acting category. She won a Daytime
Emmy Award in Outstanding Special Class as the executive producer for
Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word.
Cox is the first openly transgender person to have a wax figure of herself at Madame Tussauds. This year she went beyond the limit and played a transgender series regular on CBS’s ‘Doubt’.
She was presented with a Stephen F. Kolzak Award for her work as an advocate of the transgender community in 2014. She also set a record by appearing on the cover of Time Magazine.
Cox has been acknowledged by people of all orientations for being a
trendsetter for the transgender community. She has garnered countless
awards for her activism and approach in spreading awareness. As a result
of her impact and prominence, there has been a constant conversation
about transgender people. The discussion has turned out to be
specifically about transgender women and how it is related to one’s
Cox was awarded with an Honorary Doctorate from The NewSchool in New
York for her outstanding work in the struggle for gender equality.
During her career beginnings, was in the makeover television series Transform Me, which made her the first African American transgender person to produce and star in her own show. The show was nominated for GLAAD Media Awards for an outstanding reality program. Cox later acted in many television shows and films.
She got a main role in the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, portraying a trans woman. Her role in the series gives her an opportunity to speak about the rights of trans people.
She was featured in the annual Rebels issue of V in late 2014. For the issue, she was chosen by artists and celebrities as who they saw as their personal rebels. She was included in the fifth anniversary cover of C*NDY magazine together with other 13 transgender women.
Cox is credited for narrating and executive producing her hour-long documentary, Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word. The documentary premiered on MTV and Logo simultaneously.
She is the cover subject for the June 2015 ‘totally-not-straight’ issue of Enter Weekly. This was the first issue of the magazine in 15 years to exclusively highlight gay, lesbian and transgender entertainment.
This year, Cox collaborated with ACLU, Zackary Drucker and others in making a video about transgender history and resistance. She narrated the video, which was called Time Marches Forward & So Do We.This year, Laverne Cox became one of the four faces of the fall campaign for the Ivy Park clothing line.
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