She has been described as the “most famous transwoman of colour”, and has been nominated for an Emmy award for her role in Orange Is The New Black. Now transgender actress Laverne Cox is to present a documentary called “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word”, which will air on both MTV and Logo.
After the documentary’s premiere, due out in the US on October 17th, there is to be an hour-lomg trans forum with Laverne and SuChin Pak, who will take questions via social media, and from the audience.
The documentary will show the difficulties which transgenders have to face in coming out, including bullying, violence, and in some cases racism, and also shows how social and family support are important in helping the transgender person to cope.
Following the lives of seven transgender youths from places like New York, Baltimore and New Orleans, the hour-long documentary will show how common problems beset the transgender person, ranging in age here from 12 to 24. The 12-year-old is Zoey, who is starting a new school in California, after her old school would not recognise her as female.
The show was produced as part of an MTV initiative to eliminate bias, whether in gender, race or sexual orientation, called Look Different. The campaign asks “Can You See The Bias?” and shows various situations showing a biased viewpoint, or asking “When is bias a problem?” . It also identifies common types of bias, including race bias, gender bias and anti-LGBT bias.