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Transgender 'Orange Is The New Black' Star Laverne Cox Makes Emmy History

Noelle Talmon Noelle Talmon
7/10/2014 11:56pm EDT

Laverne Cox

Transgender actress Laverne Cox made history on Thursday by becoming the first openly transgender person to earn an Emmy nomination.

Cox, who plays transgender prisoner Sophia Burset in the Netflix series "Orange Is The New Black," will compete for the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series award against co-stars Uzo Aduba and Natasha Lyonee as well as Joan Cusack (Shameless) and Melissa McCarthy (Saturday Night Live).

The popular series earned a total of 12 nominations, including nominations for Taylor Schilling (Best Actress) and Kate Mulgrew (Best Supporting Actress).

Cox is thrilled with the nomination, telling the Hollywood Reporter: "I'm on cloud nine. I'm through the roof. We're definitely part of a (cultural) moment. What a wonderful, wonderful day for Orange and for black trans-women. People are obsessed (with the show). Would you ever have thought a show about a women's prison would have this moment? It's unbelievable."

The actress has been breaking ground in other ways as well. In May she became the first transgender person to land the cover of Time magazine.

What next for the actress? She is planning a documentary about transgender youths. She is teaming up with MTV and Logo to develop "Trans Teen: The Documentary."

In May the series took home three trophies at the Critics' Choice Television Awards:

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