TransInspiration – Laverne Cox
“A trailblazer for the transgender community.”
I first discovered Laverne Cox when I began binge watching the first season of Orange Is The New Black. She was the first transwoman I had ever seen, her storyline was extremely moving, provoking an empathetic response from the audience. Acting as Sophia Burset, a late transitioning woman who was a husband, father and firefighter, her story outlines the hardships of transitioning around a family lifestyle and the impact it has on others.
Before Caitlyn Jenner dropped her own bombshell on the Kardashian/Jenner reality TV fad, Laverne Cox was considered the most well known transgender person in modern media. Not only that, she managed to climb the ladder to become an activist with an impact, despite her ethnic background which might have prohibited her due to prejudice within a society which sometimes lacks understanding.
“A trailblazer for the transgender community,” this statement is reinforced by Cox being the first open transgender person to be nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for the acting category. Her achievements do not stop there, she was also the first African-American transgender woman to star and produce in her own TV show, TRANSform Me.
Despite her glamour, Laverne Cox encourages all transgender people to embrace their appearance, I’m happy that this is the face God gave me. This inspired many transgender people due to the lack of funds to pay for surgeries that either impliments a cisgender feminin or masculine appearance, that many people have to deal with.
Laverne Cox is definitely a credit to the community and to the hit Netflix Original show.