7 Times Laverne Cox Changed the Game for Trans Inclusion

The "Orange Is the New Black" star has broken ground for the trans community time and time again.

Laverne Cox is legendary: The transgender actress and Emmy-winning producer broke onto the scene in 2013, when Netflix's Orange Is the New Black premiered. Since her explosion into the public eye, Cox has blazed a trail for trans inclusion time and time again, covering TIME magazine, making Emmy's history, and breaking ground on broadcast television, to name a few of her achievements.

Below, we highlight seven times Cox paved the way for the trans community.

Her role as Sophia in "Orange"


Cox's prominent role as inmate Sophia Burset in Netflix's Orange Is the New Black was groundbreaking for more reasons than one: As a black trans woman portraying a black trans woman, Cox set a prime example for authentic portrayals of characters from marginalized groups.

Her "TIME" magazine cover


In May 2014, Cox broke ground as the first transgender person to cover TIME magazine in the publication's nearly 100-year history. Staff writer Katy Steinmetz, who profiled Cox for a story in the magazine's centerfold, declared the moment a "transgender tipping moment."

Her "Glamour" Woman of the Year honor

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BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Katie Couric and Laverne Cox attend Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Glamour)

Also in 2014, Cox was Glamour's Woman of the Year, an honor presented annually to a woman who breaks ground and enacts change.

"Her unparalleled candor, courage, and eloquence have helped us understand a community that is far too often misunderstood," wrote newscaster Katie Couric, a two-time Woman of the Year recipient herself, about Cox. "She teaches us that gender identity lives, first and foremost, in our hearts and minds."

Her Emmy nod...

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: 66th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Laverne Cox arrives to the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)

Cox became the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy Award in July 2014. But the history-making doesn't stop there...

...and her Emmy win


LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actress Laverne Cox arrives at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

...a year later, Cox won an Emmy Award for Logo's Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word, a documentary about transgender identity. The win marked the first time a transgender person took home an Emmy for an executive producer role.

Her nude photoshoot in "Allure"

In April 2015, Cox bared it all for Allure's "Nude" series, making her the first trans woman to pose nude for the publication.

"I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again," she told the magazine. "But I'm a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent."

Her role as Cameron in "Doubt"

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Laverne Cox discusses her new tv show, "Doubt" during the Build Series at Build Studio on February 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

Most recently, Cox made headlines with her historic role in CBS' Doubt as Cameron Wirth: In 2017, showrunners bumped her character up to a series regular, marking the first time a transgender actor landed a series regular role on primetime television.