Laverne Cox

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Laverne Cox
Laverne Cox by Sachyn Mital cropped.jpg
Cox in July 2014
Born Mobile, Alabama, U.S.
Education
Occupation Actress, reality television star, activist
Years active 2000–present
Relatives M Lamar (twin brother)
Website www.lavernecox.com

Laverne Cox is an American actress and LGBT advocate.[1][2][3] She is best known for playing Sophia Burset in Orange Is the New Black, a Netflix series. Burset is a transgender woman in a women's prison.

Early life[change | change source]

Laverne Cox was born in Mobile, Alabama[4] and was raised by a single mother and grandmother within the AME Zion church.[5] She has an identical twin brother, M Lamar, who portrays the pre-transitioning Sophia (as Marcus) in Orange Is the New Black.[6][7][8] Cox stated she attempted suicide at the age of 11, when she noticed that she had developed feelings about her male classmates and had been bullied for several years for not acting "the way someone assigned male at birth was supposed to act".[5][9][10]

Cox is making a documentary about CeCe McDonald, an African American transgender woman who was put in prison for killing a man who attacked her.[11] On January 13 2014 Cox met CeCe to drive her home after she was released from prison.[12] Cox spoke at the start of the 2014 National Gay and Lesbian Task Force conference Creating Change.[13] Cox was chosen as one of the 2014 grand marshalls for the New York City Pride March.[14]

Honors and awards[change | change source]

  • 2013 – Anti-Violence Project 2013 Courage Award honoree[15]
  • 2013 – Reader's Choice Award at Out Magazine's OUT100 Gala, honoring the magazine's selection of 2013s 100 "most compelling people of the year."[16]
  • 2014 – Woman of the Year by Glamour magazine.[17][18]
  • 2014 – Included in the annual Root 100; this list honors "standout black leaders, innovators and culture shapers" age 45 and younger.[19]
  • 2014 – Topped the British newspaper The Guardian's third annual World Pride Power List, which ranks the world's most influential LGBT people.[20]
  • 2014 – Stephen F. Kolzak Award from GLAAD.[21]
  • 2014 – Named to the EBONY Power 100 list.[22]
  • 2015 – Named to the 2015 OUT Power 50 List.[23]
  • 2015 – Included in the People World's Most Beautiful Women List.[24]
  • 2015 – Three Twins Ice Cream in San Francisco renamed its chocolate orange confetti ice cream Laverne Cox's Chocolate Orange Is the New Black for Pride weekend.[25]
  • 2015 – Named in the 2015 Time 100 Most Influential People List; her entry was written by Jazz Jennings.[26]
  • 2015 – Named by Forum for Equality as one of their 31 Icons of the LGBT History Month.[27]
  • 2015 – Winner of a Daytime Emmy Award in Outstanding Special Class Special as Executive Producer for Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word.[28][29] This made Cox the first openly transgender woman to win a Daytime Emmy as an Executive Producer; as well, The T Word is the first trans documentary to win a Daytime Emmy.[28]
  • 2017 – Named to the 2017 OUT Power 50 List.[30]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Laverne Cox Bio". LaverneCox.com. Archived from the original on August 20, 2016. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  2. Erik Piepenburg (December 12, 2010). "Helping Gay Actors Find Themselves Onstage". The New York Times. Archived from the original on June 12, 2015. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  3. "Meet the Gay Man and Transgender Woman Who Want to Work for Diddy". AfterElton. Archived from the original on August 30, 2010. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  4. Sorg, Lisa (September 25, 2015). "Actress Laverne Cox: 'State of emergency' for too many transgender people". The News & Observer. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Cox, Laverne (January 25, 2017). "Transgender Visibility". Boulder, Colorado: Alternative Radio. Archived from the original on August 19, 2017. Retrieved July 2, 2017. 
  6. Bertstein, Jacob (March 12, 2014). "In Their Own Terms – The Growing Transgender Presence in Pop Culture". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  7. C.J. Dickson (July 25, 2013). "She's a survivor". Salon.com. Archived from the original on August 3, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  8. "'Orange Is the New Black' Star Laverne Cox on Her Twin Brother's Surprising Role on the Netflix Series". Yahoo TV. August 20, 2013. Archived from the original on January 10, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  9. Badash, David (August 18, 2014). "Laverne Cox: I Have One Wish For America". The New Civil Rights Movement. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  10. Hughes, Sarah (June 1, 2014). "Laverne Cox: 'We live in a binary world: it can change'". London: The Independent. Archived from the original on June 6, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  11. http://www.glaad.org/blog/free-cece-laverne-coxs-documentary-free-cece-mcdonald
  12. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/13/laverne-cox-cece-mcdonald_n_4588838.html
  13. http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2014/02/01/watch-laverne-cox-kills-it-creating-change-speech
  14. http://www.out.com/entertainment/popnography/2014/04/22/laverne-cox-jonathan-groff-rea-carey-are-nyc-pride-march-grand
  15. Vieira, Meredith. "Laverne Cox and her Transgender Transformation (OVERSHARE EP 3)". Lives with Meredith Vieira. YouTube. Archived from the original on June 10, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  16. "Reader's Choice Award". Out.com. Archived from the original on August 13, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  17. "Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post". The Huffington Post. November 5, 2014. Archived from the original on November 7, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2014. 
  18. Glamour Magazine. "Laverne Cox Is a Glamour Woman of the Year for 2014: Glamour.com". Glamour. Archived from the original on November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2014. 
  19. Juro, Rebecca (September 11, 2014). "Root 100 Recognizes African-American LGBT Luminaries". The Advocate. Archived from the original on September 12, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  20. Materville Studios – Host of Windy City Times. "Gay team makes history; Laverne Cox tops world list – 520 – Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive". Windy City Times. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  21. "Watch: Ellen Page presents 'Orange is the New Black' star Laverne Cox with GLAAD award". Pinknews.co.uk. April 13, 2014. Archived from the original on July 24, 2014. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  22. "EBONY Magazine Unveils Its 2014 EBONY Power 100 List – NAACP LDF". Archived from the original on December 19, 2014. 
  23. "Power 50 2015". Out Magazine. April 14, 2015. Archived from the original on April 17, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  24. McDonald, James (March 30, 2015). "Laverne Cox Is One of People's Most Beautiful Women". Out Magazine. Archived from the original on April 24, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  25. Trudy Ring (July 31, 2014). "Laverne Cox Gets Ice Cream Flavor Named for Her for Pride". Advocate.com. Archived from the original on June 18, 2015. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  26. "Laverne Cox by Jazz Jennings: TIME 100". Time.com. April 16, 2015. Archived from the original on April 22, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  27. Malcolm Lazin (August 20, 2015). "Op-ed: Here Are the 31 Icons of 2015's Gay History Month". Advocate.com. Archived from the original on August 21, 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  28. 28.0 28.1 Townsend, Megan (April 25, 2015). "Laverne Cox makes history with Daytime Creative Arts Emmy win". GLAAD. Archived from the original on December 30, 2016. Retrieved July 21, 2017. 
  29. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Out.
  30. By Out.com Editors. "Power 50 2017". Out Magazine. Archived from the original on July 27, 2017. Retrieved July 21, 2017. 

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