NY6 Spectrum Conference

Keynote Speaker: Laverne Cox

Sat., Feb. 22

Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox is an actress, writer, producer, and transgender advocate. She can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Orange is the New Black. Her portrayal of the incarcerated Sophia Burset has touched the hearts of viewers. Maureen Ryan of the Huffington Post writes, “Laverne Cox gives an amazing performance as trans inmate, Sophia…among the most moving on-screen moments I've seen all year.”

In 2012 Cox garnered critical acclaim for her role in the independent feature film Musical Chairs directed by Susan Seidelman. Keith Uhlich of Time Out wrote, “You leave remembering…Laverne Cox’s galvanizing mettle as a paraplegic transsexual who befriends Mia.” Roger Ebert wrote, “Laverne Cox...brings a nice warmth and humor to her performance.” John Delia of “Beyond The Marquee” proclaims, "The showstopper, however, is Laverne Cox who plays the transgender Chantelle, an energetic whirlwind looking for love in all the right places."

Cox is the first African-American trans woman to produce and star in her own television show, VH1’s critically acclaimed TRANSForm Me. TRANSform Me was nominated for a GLAAD media award for Outstanding Reality Program in 2011 and was the first television show to star three transsexual women. Cox made television history when she became the first African-American trans woman to appear on a reality television program, VH1’s I Wanna Work for Diddy in 2008. She accepted the GLAAD media award for Outstanding Reality Program for I Want to Work for Diddy in 2009.

Cox has had guest starring roles on NBC’s Law and Order and Law and Order: SVU, as well as HBO’s Bored to Death. Her other independent film credits include Carla, 36 Saints and The Exhibitionists.

Cox was named as one of the most influential trans people in America in the inaugural Trans 100 in 2013. She was named one of the top 50 trans icons by the Huffington Post in 2012. Laverne was named one of Out magazine’s “Out 100” in 2010. Metro Source magazine named her one of the “55 People We Love” in 2008.

Cox was the recipient of the Anti-Violence Project's 2013 Courage Award. As a transgender advocate, Cox continues to lend her voice to the cause of transgender visibility and equality. She is committed to telling diverse and three dimensional trans stories in the media. She travels the country speaking about issues that affect the trans community. She is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.

For more information, please visit http://lavernecox.com/