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Quote template: I think transwomen, and transpeople in general, show everyone that you can define what it means to be a man or woman on your own terms. ―Laverne Cox (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Quote maker)
Quote template: I think transwomen, and transpeople in general, show everyone that you can define what it means to be a man or woman on your own terms. ―Laverne Cox (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Quote maker)
Quote template: I think transwomen, and transpeople in general, show everyone that you can define what it means to be a man or woman on your own terms. ―Laverne Cox (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Quote maker)

I think transwomen, and transpeople in general, show everyone that you can define what it means to be a man or woman on your own terms. ―Laverne Cox

"I think transwomen, and transpeople in general, show everyone that you can define what it means to be a man or woman on your own terms." ―Laverne Cox

Who is Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox is an American actress and LGBT advocate. She rose to prominence with her role as Sophia Burset on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, becoming the first transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in an acting category, and the first to be nominated for an Emmy Award since composer Angela Morley in 1990. 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 transgender woman to win the award. In 2017, she became the first transgender person to play a transgender series regular on U.S. broadcast TV as Cameron Wirth on CBS's Doubt.

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Her Impact

Cox has been noted by her LGBT peers, and many others, for being a trailblazer for the transgender community, and has won numerous awards for her activist approach in spreading awareness. Her impact and prominence in the media has led to a growing conversation about transgender culture, specifically transgender women, and how being transgender intersects with one's race. She is the first transgender person to be on the cover of Time magazine, be nominated for a Primetime Emmy, and have a wax work in Madame Tussauds, as well as the first transgender woman to win a Daytime Emmy as an executive producer. In May 2016, Cox was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from The New School in New York City for her progressive work in the fight for gender equality.

Her Career

Cox appeared as a contestant on the first season of I Want to Work for Diddy; afterwards she was approached by VH1 about show ideas. From that came the makeover television series TRANSform Me, which made Cox the first African-American transgender person to produce and star in her own TV show. Both those shows were nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding reality program, and when Diddy won in 2009, Cox accepted the award at the ceremony, giving a speech described by the San Francisco Sentinel as "among the most poignant because reminded us how important it is to tell our stories, all of our stories." She has also acted in a number of TV shows and films, including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Bored to Death, and Musical Chairs.

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