Woman Standing STRONG

This will be a daily post celebrating woman all over the world that i believe are amazing and standing strong.

Laverne Cox  is an American actress and LGBTQ+ advocate. She rose to prominence with her role as Sophia Burset on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, becoming the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in any acting category, and the first to be nominated for an Emmy Award since composer Angela Morley in 1990. In 2015, she won a Daytime Emmy Award in Outstanding Special Class Special as executive producer for Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word, making her the first openly transgender woman to win the award.In 2017, she became the first transgender person to play a transgender series regular on broadcast TV as Cameron Wirth on CBS‘s Doubt.

I would like to, thank Laverne

For standing up for trans people everywhere

After rising to prominence in the public eye, Cox has seized on every opportunity to amplify the voices of her community and act as an ambassador, She’s called out transphobia and racism in Pride spaces, and she has publicly condemned the Trump administration’s move to rescind protections for transgender people to use the bathroom that best aligns with their gender.

For the fashion moments

Honestly, Cox’s fashion game is ridiculous. Her Instagram is serving us lewk after lewk. Is it any wonder that the Queen Bey herself would tap Cox to front the Ivy Park campaign? Get your life.

For taking time to educate

It can be difficult to approach the monumental task of educating the general public on LGBTQ+ issues with grace. But Cox has done exactly that, and she’s said it’s because she knows what’s at stake.

“Lives are on the line,” she said. “Trans people are being murdered, are being denied healthcare, access to bathrooms and employment and housing because of all of these…misconceptions that people have about who we really are.”

Also, remember this entirely adorable moment when she gave advice to a teenage boy about how to ask his trans classmate out on a date? We do.

For paving the way

Cox is a woman who has accomplished many firsts. In 2014, she became the first out trans woman to ever be featured on the cover of Time Magazine. She is also the first openly trans woman to be nominated for an Emmy in 2014, and the first to win a Daytime Emmy as an Executive Producer in 2015 for her documentary, The T Word.

This astonishing woman from Birmingham, Alabama, has paved the way for marginalized people everywhere — especially for Black transgender women. We should all bow down, and long may she reign.

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