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Laverne Cox Makes History as First Transgender Emmy Nominee

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After the 2014 Emmy nominations were announced this morning (July 10), history was made, as Laverne Cox has become the first transgender person to receive an Emmy nomination.

Laverne was nominated in the category of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy for her role as Sophia in Netflix’s ‘Orange is the New Black.’ Also nominated in the same category were fellow ‘OITNB’ castmates Natasha Lyonne (Nicky) and Uzo Aduba (Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren).

While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Laverne stated, ”I’m on cloud nine. I’m through the roof. What a wonderful, wonderful day for ‘Orange’ and for black trans-women.”

Kate Mulgrew, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ told the site, ”I think that Laverne as both an activist and an actor is doing a Herculean job of bringing transgenderism to the forefront of American politics and culture.”

In total, the Netflix dramedy received 12 nominations this morning, including Outstanding Comedy Series.

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 3 is currently shooting in New York and will debut next summer on Netflix.

Congratulations to Laverne and the rest of the cast of ‘Orange is the New Black’!

Next: See All the 2014 Emmy Nominations

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