Laverne Cox just became the first openly-transgender actress to be nominated for an Emmy Award.
Laverne Cox has become a household name, and her nomination today for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Sophia Burset in Orange Is the New Black makes her the first openly-transgender actress to be nominated for an Emmy -- but it is just one more achievement in an impressive list.
Cox's first acting gig was in a 2007 episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. She was also the host and producer of 2010's TRANSform Me.
Cox is an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights and often speaks publicly about trans issues.
She has created an awareness about the trans community, which is in great need of more protection and support.
Orange Is The New Black was nominated for 12 Emmys.
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