Laverne Cox

“We are born as who we are, the gender thing is something that is imposed on you.” – Laverne Cox

An Emmy-nominated actress, documentary film producer and prominent equal rights advocate, Laverne Cox has an empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations to live more authentically. Laverne is the first transgender woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show, and her impact and prominence in the media has led to a growing conversation about transgender people and how being transgender intersects with one’s race. In addition to inspiring us to be ourselves, Laverne is a trailblazer for the transgender community – she has numerous accolades including being named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2015, Glamour Magazine’s 2014 Women of the Year, one of The Grio’s 100 Most Influential African Americans, one of the Top 50 Trans Icons by the Huffington Post and honored with the Courage Award from the Anti-Violence Project.