Laverne Cox is an American actress and LGBTQ+ advocate. She rose to prominence with her role as Sophia Burset on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. In 2017, she became the first transgender person to play a transgender series regular on broadcast TV as Cameron Wirth on CBS’s Doubt.
About Laverne Cox in brief
Laverne Cox is an American actress and LGBTQ+ advocate. She rose to prominence with her role as Sophia Burset on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. In 2017, she became the first transgender person to play a transgender series regular on broadcast TV as Cameron Wirth on CBS’s Doubt. Cox appeared as a contestant on the first season of VH1’s reality show I Want to Work for Diddy. She is the first openly transgender person to appear on the cover of a Cosmopolitan magazine, with her February 2018 cover on the South African edition. In April 2014, Cox was honored by GLAAD with its Stephen F. Kolzak Award for her work as an advocate for the transgender community. She has also acted in a number of TV shows and films, including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Bored to Death, and Musical Chairs. Cox has stated that she attempted suicide at the age of 11, when she noticed that she had developed feelings for her male classmates and had been bullied for several years for not acting the way someone assigned male at birth was supposed to act. In January 2014, she joined trans woman Carmen Carrera on Katie Couric’s syndicated show, Katie.
Couric referred to transgender people as \”transgenders\”, and after being rebuffed on the subject of her surgeries, Cox responded, “I do feel there is a preoccupation with that. The reality of trans people’s lives is that so often we don’t get to really deal with the real experiences of our lives” She has an identical twin brother, M Lamar, who portrayed the pre-transitioning Sophia in Orange Is The New Black, who is also an actress. She said, “For Trans folks out there, who need to see representations of people who are like them and of their experiences, that’s when it becomes really important” She is a graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, Alabama, where she studied creative writing before switching to dance. In 2015, she won a Daytime Emmy Award in Outstanding Special Class Special as executive producer for Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word, making her the first openly transgender woman to win the award. She also co-produced and co-hosted the Vh1 makeover television series TRANSform Me, which made Cox the first African-American transgenderperson to produce and star in her own TV show.