Laverne Cox Makes History With Emmy Nomination

Laverne Cox Makes History!

Actress, activist and all around bad ass Laverne Cox just made history this morning when she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on the Netflix hit "Orange is the New Black."

Cox, who plays Sophia Burset, is the first openly transgender actress to receive an Emmy nomination.

A huge congratulations and a big fat good luck to you, Laverne!

UPDATE: A statement from Cox emailed to The Huffington Post reads:

Today is truly a dream come true for me. Working on such an incredible show with such talented professionals has truly been the reward for me since we started shooting Oitnb 2 years ago. But this Emmy Nomination today is very welcomed and delicious icing on an already sumptuous cake. Thanks to the cast and crew of Orange for all the love and support, for your professionalism. Special shout out to Jodi Foster who directed the episode where we leaned Sophia's back story and Sian Heder who wrote it and to all our writers, especially to Jenji Kohan. This recognition of 12 #EmmyNoms for your genius today is beyond well deserved. You are everything Jenji.

For my trans siblings, I love you so much. I share this nomination with you. May all of our stories be told with the depth of humanity the brilliant writers, cast, crew and our creator Jenji Kohan have shown with the portrayal of Sophia Burset. As I celebrate this day I can't help but remember it is still a state of emergency for far too many trans people across this country right now. We need love, and support. We need public policy and our fellow citizens to value our lives and our humanity. Most of all we, ourselves need to value our lives. The more I treat my life as if it has value, the more the universe has been saying, "Yes Girl"

Special thanks to my agent Paul Hilepo, my publicist Jami Kandel, my acting coach Brad Calcaterra and my acting mentor Susan Batson.

For a full list of all the Emmy nominations, head here. The Emmys will take place August 25 with Seth Meyers acting as host. For more info, head here.

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