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Laverne Cox To Produce 'Trans Teen: The Documentary' With MTV And Logo

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Laverne Cox attends ELLE's Women in Television Celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) | Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox is embarking on a new endeavor that aims to bring light to issues surrounding transgender identity for teens and young adults.

The "Orange Is The New Black" star is slated to produce and host a television documentary titled "Trans Teen: The Documentary" that will air this upcoming fall.

According to a press release sent to The Huffington Post:

This one-hour documentary will take viewers inside the lives of four trans youth –- young people who, until recently, may not have even felt safe sharing their lives with others. Ranging in age from 14 to 24 and hailing from diverse neighborhoods across America, each of the four cast members has their own unique story to tell. But this isn’t a story about being an “other” –- it’s about being human. They all share the courage and determination to live their lives authentically, as the person they were meant to be. With varying levels of parental and social support, they will share their brave journeys as they learn to overcome challenges like intolerance, bullying and general confusion about who and what they are.

Cox has been an outspoken advocate for transgender issues for a number of years, but recently skyrocketed to prominence following her role on Netflix's original series "Orange Is The New Black." Some of her most recent work and achievements include producing a documentary about formerly incarcerated transgender woman CeCe McDonald and receiving the Stephen F. Kolzak award at the 2014 GLAAD Media Awards.

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