‘Orange is the New Black’ Star Laverne Cox Becomes First Transgender Emmy Nominee

Netflix’s hit show “Orange is the New Black” received 12 Emmy nominations at this week’s announcement ceremony.  The most dynamic nomination includes Laverne Cox for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

The nod makes history in 2014 as Cox is the first openly transgender person to receive an Emmy nomination.  Upon hearing the news, Cox took to Twitter to declare her excitement:

“I’m a black trans woman from Mobile, Ala. with a working class background raised by a single mother and I’m nominated for an Emmy,” she commented, via Perez Hilton.

Cox has a twin brother, who portrayed her pre-transitioning character on “Orange is the New Black,” and began acting at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City.

She also once tried out for the reality show “I Want to Work for Diddy.”

Seth Meyers will host the Emmy Award on Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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