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Laverne Cox Makes Emmys History as First Nominated Transgender Star

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Jul 10, 2014 | 12:39pm EDT

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Actress Laverne Cox is overjoyed after making Emmy Awards history on Thursday (10Jul14) by becoming the first openly transgender person to score a nomination for her role in comedy drama Orange Is The New Black.

The star, who plays transgender prisoner Sophia Burset in the show, will compete for the title of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, while her co-workers Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Uzo Aduba and Natasha Lyonne will also be in the running for acting accolades when the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards take place in Los Angeles on 25 August (14).

Orange Is the New Black garnered a total of 12 nominations and Cox couldn't be more proud to be recognised for her efforts. She tells 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."

Cox's groundbreaking Emmy nod comes just weeks after she became the first transgender star to land the cover of Time magazine.

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