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Laverne Cox          

Award-Winning Transgender Actress, Producer & Equal Rights Advocate

With various firsts in her already impressive career, Laverne Cox is a four-time Emmy-nominated actress, Emmy-winning producer, and a prominent equal rights advocate and public speaker. Cox's groundbreaking role as Sophia Burset in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series "Orange is The New Black" brought her to the attention of diverse audiences all over the world. This role led to Cox becoming the first openly transgender actress to be nominated for a Primetime acting Emmy and made her the first Trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television series. Cox is continuing to expand her presence on both the big and small screens with diverse and groundbreaking roles.

Global audiences can see Cox in the Oscar-winning film "Promising Young Woman," Shonda Rhimes’ 10-episode limited series "Inventing Anna" for Netflix, Justin Simien’s independent film "Bad Hair" and the action-comedy "Jolt" alongside Kate Beckinsale, Bobby Cannavale, and Stanley Tucci, just to name a few. Cox is also a successful and award-winning podcaster having launched "The Laverne Cox Show," with Shondaland Audio and iHeart Radio.

Cox is an Emmy-winning producer and her documentary "Disclosure," which she executive produced, is currently streaming on Netflix. Named one of the 100 best documentaries of all time by Vogue, "Disclosure" gives an unprecedented, groundbreaking look at the depiction of transgender characters throughout the history of film and TV. Her other documentaries include the Emmy-winning "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word" and "Free CeCe."

Cox is the first openly transgender person to have her own Barbie by Mattel and to appear on the covers of TIME Magazine, British Vogue, Cosmopolitan magazine, and Essence magazines among others. She also proudly holds two SAG Awards, winning them with her "Orange Is the New Black" castmates for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Other accolades include a Critic’s Choice nomination for Best Supporting Actress and consecutive NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

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Laverne Cox explores how the intersections of race, class, and gender uniquely affect the lives of trans women of color. Laverne draws from her own personal narrative to share how she has been able to navigate the world and all its challenges.

From growing up in Mobile, Alabama, raised by a single mother in a Christian family, to attending college in New York City to pursue a career as an actress, to finally finding the courage to step into the womanhood she always knew at heart was her destiny, Cox tells the story of the unique challenges along her journey to womanhood, professional achievement, self-acceptance, and love.


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