African Americans in the LGBT Community
Laverne Cox (1972– ) (Wikimedia Commons)
Actress, producer, and advocate, Laverne Cox (1972– ) is a tour'de'force. She captured the world's imagination in
2012 playing Sophia Burset in the critically"acclaimed Netflix series, Orange Is the New Black, and became the first transgender person to
be nominated for an Emmy award in 2014. She produced TRANSform Me, the 2010 VH1 makeover show in which she starred alongside two other
transgender women. She also produced the 2014 documentary Laverne Cox Presents: 'The T Word', which features powerful stories of
seven trans young people. Cox is a forceful advocate of equal rights for transgender people, work for which she has received numerous awards and
accolades, including being featured on the cover of Time Magazine in 2014.