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Laverne Cox Becomes 1st Transgender Actress to…

Laverne Cox is set to make history with her new TV role. The “Orange Is The New Black” actress will play a series-regular in the upcoming CBS legal drama Doubt, making her the first transgender actress to portray a transgender main character in a broadcast television series.

The pilot episode was recently given the green light, and Cox took Instagram to express her excitement. “We are picked up for series. So grateful and so happy. Congrats to the entire #Doubt family. Can’t wait to see you all again. #cbs #PickedUp #Gratitude #manifested”, she posted. Although the series is still filming with no release date just yet, Cox’s new role looks very promising.

In the meantime, the longtime activist continues to use her influence to overturn HB2, the so-called “North Carolina bathroom law.“Those bills are about making us not exist,” Cox said at the 4th annual Forbes Women’s Summit this week. “For decades [we’ve] been told that we don’t exist … But I’m a testament that trans people do exist. There are trans people all over this country that exist”, she continued.

Fortunately for Cox, she’s got some big name allies in her corner. The backlash over the “bathroom law” was almost immediate. Companies like PayPal and Deutsche Bank canceled business expansion in the southern state. Musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas have also cancelled North Carolina tour stops. If you ask us, together, they may very well get the response they desire.

Article Originally Published by our friends at Rolling Out.t

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