In 2014, the ridiculously talented Laverne Cox was the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a daytime Emmy for her portrayal of Sophia Bush in Orange Is the New Black. If you’re one of the five people to haven’t yet seen the Netflix show, I highly recommend it. One month earlier, she was the first openly transgender person to be on the cover of Time magazine. Aside from being a great actress, she is also a dedicated activist for the LGBT community, receiving the Stephen F. Kolzak Award by GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) in 2014, given to “openly LGBT people who have made a significant difference in promoting equality for the community”.
Laverne Cox flawlessly shuts down Katie Couric’s invasive questions about transgender people – Salon
Laverne Cox Is the First Transgender Person Nominated for an Emmy — She Explains Why That Matters – Time