Happy 31st Birthday to Laverne Cox!
What a year it has been for today’s birthday girl.
Laverne Cox was on the cover of Time, she won an Emmy, she’s doing another season of Orange is the New Block, was in the Out Power 50 top 10, was invited to The White House, was named one of People Magazine’s most beautiful women and she continues to be one of the most famous transgender women in America if not the world.
When I met Laverne at last year’s GLAAD Media Awards we talked about her growing fame and she said: I’m amazingly grateful. What’s really heartening is when I meet people. I met a student at Vanderbilt University last year who said, “Now when I talk somebody and tell them I’m trans they’re like, ‘Oh, like Sophia from Orange is the New Black?’ And then it’s not an issue and we move on.”