Hooray for Ellen Page. Since coming out publicly as lesbian last month she’s blasted an antigay pastor, served as a role model for countless LGBT people and now she’s going to make sure the world realizes just how awesome Laverne Cox is. The Oscar-nominated Juno actress will hand the annual Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is awarded to an LGBT professional for making a significant difference in promoting equality, to the charismatic star of Orange is the New Black during an awards presentation in Los Angeles next month.
“Laverne Cox has reshaped the way Americans see transgender people and raised the bar in diverse representations of the LGBT community in entertainment,” GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “She is not only a talented actress, but a truly transformational leader in the LGBT equality movement. Through her tireless commitment to building understanding and acceptance through education and advocacy, Laverne is moving equality forward both on and off the screen.” Hear, hear.
Yesterday, Cox delivered the keynote address during the launch of the second annual Trans 100 list which celebrates positive contributions from 100 members of the transgender community. Cox appeared on last year’s inaugural list.
The 25th annul GLAAD Media Awards will be presented April 12 in Los Angeles.