Laverne Cox is today’s Black History Month LGBT+ hero, nominated by Pride ally The Garage. They write: Laverne Cox is an American actress and LGBTQ+ advocate. She rose to prominence with her role as Sophia Burset on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, becoming the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in any acting category, and the first to be nominated for an Emmy Award since composer Angela Morley in 1990. She uses her social media and interviews to promote the LGBTQ+ rights. Here’s an article about her:
You can also watch Laverne talking about her Netflix documentary DISCLOSURE here:
If you would like to nominate your hero or find out more about our BAME LGBT+ Forum, please email Norwich Pride historian Stevie at
You can check out all our Black History Month LGBT+ heroes on our website
To download a copy of the Norfolk Black History Month 2020 brochure go to: