Laverne Cox is an Emmy-nominated Actress and producer, but is foremost a pioneer for LGBTQ+ advocacy. She is known for her breakthrough role in the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, earning her a primetime emmy nomination for acting, and making her the first openly transgender person to be nominated. Cox has also won a Daytime Emmy as an Executive Producer, and recently became the first transgender actor with a regular role on primetime network tv. Laverne Cox is recognized as a trailblazer for and within the transgender community. She has produced and starred in multiple high profile documentaries about the trans-community, and relentlessly uses her platform and visibility to speak out for trans rights. Cox has won numerous awards for her progressive work in gender equality.