Laverne Cox is an American actress, reality star, and transgender activist.
Cox has a recurring role in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black as Sophia Burset, a transgender woman. She is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, where she began acting.
Cox is best known as a contestant on the first season of VH1's I Want to Work for Diddy and for producing and co-hosting theVH1 makeover television series TRANSform Me (which made her the first African-American transgender woman to produce and star in her own TV show). Both those shows were nominated for GLAAD media awards for outstanding reality programs, and when Diddy won in 2009, Cox accepted the award at the GLAAD ceremony, giving a speech described by the San Francisco Sentinel as "among the most poignant because [it] reminded us how important it is to tell our stories, all of our stories." She has also acted in a number of TV shows and films, including Law and Order: SVU, Bored to Death, and Musical Chairs.
In addition to her work as an entertainer, she speaks and writes about transgender rights and other current affairs in a variety of venues, such as the Huffington Post.
LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who have contributed significantly in several ways to the advancement of our community. Limited by the number of days on the calendar, showcasing every individual who has made a major impact would be difficult. Yet, across decades and eras, revolutions and wars, and discovery and enlightenment, SPART*A honors past and present LGBT figures in our history this month.