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ABC's 'This Week' Looks at America's Trans Movement 'Tipping Point' - VIDEO

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With TIME magazine declaring in May that the U.S. had reaching a "trangender tipping point," ABC's "This Week" interviewed Laverne Cox about her role in helping bring greater visibility to trans issues.

The segment also featured a great panel discussion - with National Center for Transgender Equality's Mara Keisling and Rolling Stone's Sabrina Rubin Erdely bringing up some of the day-to-day struggles that trans folks continue to face in America today. 

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Laverne Cox and the 'Orange is the New Black' Cast Take Over Conan: VIDEO

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Conan O'Brien devoted his entire show last night to Orange is the New Black, inviting seven members of its cast to their first-ever group late night appearance.

Laverne Cox opened the show, which was attended by a group of actual hardened criminals, by discussing a makeover for Conan. Taylor Schilling and Uzo Aduba talked about their crazy fight scene, and Aduba taught Conan to make crazy eyes. Kate Mulgrew says Conan once almost ruined her career by forcing her to perform an Irish jig. Cox talked about her TIME magazine cover, giving trans people a voice, and her brother who is sometimes mistaken for her. Finally, Lea Delaria explains how she taught Natasha Lyonne about lesbian sex.

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Here's Why Laverne Cox Will Never Marry Jason Biggs - VIDEO

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While waitkng in the Watch What Happens green room, transgender actress Laverne Cox ponders the more important questions in life, such as why she should never marry her Orange is the New Black co-star Jason Biggs, even though she finds him attractive.

Hint: it has to do with the wording on their hypothetical wedding invitations. Of course, Biggs is also already married, so there's that too.

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Laverne Cox Featured In John Legend's Moving 'You And I': VIDEO

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Though she has an Emmy nomination and a Time cover under her belt, there is no sign that Laverne Cox is slowing down. These days the actress/activist is everywhere, including the music video for John Legend's eye-watering and treacly single "You and I (Nobody in the World)."

The music video features women of many shapes, ages, sizes, and backgrounds staring into the camera while going about their daily routines. In the accompanying song, John Legend sings words of unconditional love. Taken together it's a bit of a tear-jerker, so if you're not in the mood to get a little misty, don't say we didn't warn you!

Keep your eyes peeled not just for Cox, but also for other recognizable faces in cameos — comedian Tig Notaro and Tatyana Ali of Fresh Prince fame make appearances.

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Laverne Cox Talks About the Backlash She Received After Appearing on TIME Magazine: VIDEO

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Laverne Cox’s cover on the June edition of TIME Magazine solidified the actress-cum-activist’s position as one of the country’s leading voices in the fight for trans rights. While TIME’s exposure strengthened Cox’s ability to amplify her message, the increased attention hasn’t been entirely positive for the Orange Is The New Black star.

“I’ve felt it since the cover of TIME Magazine, like all of a sudden like my Twitter feed and my Instagram there’s all this negativity.” She told BET. “I was getting Google Alerts about me [somehow being in league] with Satan.”

Fame monster notwithstanding, Cox’s star is on the rise. In addition to being nominated for an outstanding guest actress Emmy this morning, she’s producing Free CeCe!, a documentary chronicling the life of Cece McDonald, a transwoman sentenced to 41 months in prison after surviving her own bashing.

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'Orange Is the New Black' Stars Laverne Cox and Selenis Leyva On Season Two, Becoming Advocates

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Whether you gobbled up all the new episodes of Orange Is the New Black in one glorious binge session or you're rationing them out throughout your summer, you're in for a treat. The latest batch of episodes, streaming now on Netflix, have all of the heart, humor and depth of season one, but spread more widely among the show's stellar ensemble cast.

The second season shines a brighter spotlight on many faces that may have seemed background during the show's first 13 episodes. Season two dives deeper into characters like Poussey (Samira Wiley), Morello (Yael Stone) and Gloria (Selenis Leyva). Not only is Orange Is the New Black telling more of these complex stories, but it's showcasing even more diverse actresses in terms of sexuality, race and age.

Outside the show, these actresses are making a huge impact, as well. Laverne Cox, who portrays trangender inmate Sophia Burset, has become a vocal advocate for issues affecting the trans community. She's made apearances on Katie Couric's daytime talk show (twice), served as Grand Marshal of NYC Pride March and even stood proudly on the cover Time Magazine.

We sat down with Cox and Leyva to discuss their experience working on the show and their increasing profiles. See what they had to say, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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