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Laverne Cox becomes first trans* Emmy nominee in history

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Orange is the New Black” star Laverne Cox, who will be in Utah twice in the next few months, made history with her Emmy nomination this morning for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

With the nomination, Cox becomes the first transgender person to be nominated for an acting award. Also, she had  received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards this year.

Cox will be the keynote speaker at both the Equality Utah’s Allies dinner on September 26 and the University of Utah Pride Week, Oct. 6–10.

The Emmy Awards will air Aug. 25.

The Netflix original series, “OITNB,” was submitted as a comedy and goes up against “Modern Family,” which has won the award for four consecutive years.  “OITNB” garnered 12 nominations, making it a serious contender in the Comedy Series category. Cox is up against five other nominees: Joan Cusak (“Shameless”), Tina Fey (“Saturday Night Live”), Melissa McCarthy (“Saturday Night Live”), and “OITNB” “guest” cast members Uzo Aduba and Natasha Lyonne.

The Emmy-nominee list this year is one of the most LGBT-inclusive, with Matt Bomer, Joe Mantello and Jim Parsons being nominated for their work in HBO’s “The Normal Heart,” and out comedian Kate McKinnon for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on “Saturday Night Live.”

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