Trans actress Laverne Cox to receive GLAAD Award
Actress Laverne Cox will be the recipient of the Stephen Kolzak Award at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards to be held in Los Angeles on April 12.
Cox who is best known for her role on Netflix’s cult hit Orange is the New Black, is a transgender actress and activist. The Stephen Kolzak Award is given to a person who has made a significant contribution to the promotion of LGBTQ equality. Previous winners include Melissa Etheridge, Ellen DeGeneres, Sir Ian MacKellan and Wanda Sykes.
As the first trans woman to receive a starring role in a major US TV series, GLAAD believes Cox has changed the way transgender people are viewed in the wider community.
"Laverne Cox has reshaped the way Americans see transgender people and raised the bar in diverse representations of the LGBT community in entertainment. She is not only a talented actress, but a truly transformational leader in the LGBT equality movement," said GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis.
Recently out actress, Ellen Page will present Cox with her award.
Watch this clip introducing Cox's character Sophia in Orange is the New Black