Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox

Emmy Award-winning actress Laverne Cox drives transgender awareness by encouraging others to move beyond gender expectations and embrace all individuals for their unique selves.

As Sophia Burset, an incarcerated African American transgender woman on “Orange is the New Black,” Laverne is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. Along with several acting awards, Laverne was notably the first trans woman to appear on the cover of TIME magazine. An accomplished producer and celebrated equal rights advocate, she continues to drive positive change on a global scale as she shares her views on race, class, and gender with audiences through a range of platforms.