Every day of Pride Month, Mashable will be sharing illuminating conversations with members of the LGBTQ community who are making history right now.
Laverne Cox is a woman of “firsts.”
She’s the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a scripted television show, Orange Is The New Black. She’s the first trans person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. She’s the first trans person to be on the cover of Time magazine. Hell, she’s even the first trans person to have a wax figurine at Madame Tussauds.
Beyond all the pop culture accolades, it’s Cox’s activist work that has cemented her as the trailblazer that brought the ‘T’ in LGBTQ to the mainstream. She’s collaborated with the ACLU on a video highlighting the history of trans resistance, worked with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to honor the victims of the Orlando Pulse shooting, and has spoken out against Phoenix, Arizona’s “walking while trans” law. Read more…
Laverne Cox on ‘blackness,’ ‘transness,’ and telling LGBTQ stories was orginially posted by Sage Anderson