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Transcript of Laverne Cox
Laverne was born in Mobile, Alabama
She has an identical twin brother.
They were raised by their mother, who was a single parent and worked 2 to 3 jobs.
For high school, Laverne went to the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, Alabama.
For college, she enrolled in the Marymount Manhattan College in New York
After completing her transition, Laverne's first television appearance was on the VH1 reality TV show, "I Want to Work For Diddy."
She also had roles on NBC's 'Law and Order' and HBO's 'Bored to Death.'
Laverne is best known for her role as "Sophia" in the TV show 'Orange is the New Black.'
Laverne in 'Orange is the New Black
Laverne is an advocate for LGBT+ rights.
She received the Anti-Violence Project 2013 Courage Award.
She is currently working on a project called "Free CeCe."
She is releasing a memoir in 2015, in the hopes, "to provide a voice and safe place for those who have suffered because of their race, class, gender, abuse, violence and trauma."
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Cox, Laverne. "The Bullies Don't Draw a Distinction." Editorial. The New York Times 15 Oct. 2013: n. pag. Print.
Colurso, Mary. "Laverne Cox, Transgender Actress and Alabama Native, Earns Acclaim on 'Orange Is the New Black' (video)." AL.com. N.p., 4 Sept. 2013. Web. 23 May 2014.
Herbert, Geoff. "Transgender 'Orange Is the New Black' Star to Speak at Hamilton College LGBTQA Event." Syracuse.com. N.p., 24 Jan. 2014. Web. 23 May 2014.
Ikenberg, Tamara. "Prancing Elites Get Twitter Shout-out from Transgender Star and Mobile Native Laverne Cox." AL.com. N.p., 26 Dec. 2013. Web. 23 May 2014.
Bernstein, Jacob. "In Their Own Terms." The New York Times. The New York Times, 12 Mar. 2014. Web. 27 May 2014.
Steinmetz, Katy. "TIME Cover Story: Interview With Trans Icon Laverne Cox." Time. Time, 29 May 2014. Web. 29 May 2014.
Early Life (cont.)
Laverne started taking dance classes in the 3rd grade.
She was bullied a lot as a child for being too feminine, which was partially why her mother wouldn't let her take ballet classes.
When she got off the bus after school, she would have to run as fast as she could to avoid getting beaten up.
She became extremely depressed in middle school, mostly because of bullying.
Laverne has been traveling around the country to colleges, giving speeches.
She is working to help teens and even younger people to accept who they are.
Laverne's most often used speech is entitled, "Ain't I a Woman?"
In the midst of controversy over Laverne not getting on Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential Actors" list, Laverne has in fact been placed on Time Magazine's cover.