'It's A Trans Trans Trans World'

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LAVERNE COX
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Actress Laverne Cox attends the TIME 100 Gala, TIME's 100 most influential people in the world, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for TIME) | Ben Gabbe via Getty Images

This past April, actress Laverne Cox stepped onto the stage of the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards to receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, an honor given to one LGBT media professional who has done significant work in moving equality forward. After the year that we’ve witnessed, Cox’s award was a surprise to no one. The newly out Ellen Page took her time listing just a few of Cox’s groundbreaking credentials—the first trans woman of color to appear in a leading role in a mainstream scripted television show, the first trans woman of color to appear on a reality television show, the first trans woman to produce and star in her own television show.

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