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04/19/2007


Here's the Trailer for the Second Season of 'Orange is the New Black': VIDEO

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Orange is the New Black returns for its second season on June 2 and today we've been treated to the trailer. All your favorite inmates are back along with the addition of Lorraine Toussaint as Yvonne "Vee" Parker.

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Season 2 'Orange is the New Black' Teaser Shows Up Online: VIDEO

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Binge-watchers who powered through the Netflix drama House of Cards were rewarded with a bit of news - the June 6 premiere date for Orange is the New Black, which the network snuck in as a surprise.

To accompany it, Netflix released a too short teaser featuring some of the show's standout characters.

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10 LGBT TV Moments From 2013

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When it comes to LGBT characters on television, 2013 was the best of times and the worst of times. The first half of the year was part of the record-setting 2012-2013 television season in terms of LGBT representation on television. However, it also saw the end of many shows featuring LGBT characters, including The New NormalSmashSouthland, and Happy Endings

Despite these losses, LGBT characters on television continued to become more multi-dimensional and better reflect the lives of LGBT people in 2013. For example, in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to strike down DOMA and rule that Prop. 8 proponents have no standing, there were many television weddings and proposals. There was also a small uptick in transgender representation, including characters on the critically lauded Orange Is the New Black and Glee.

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Gay Iconography: Is Laverne Cox Becoming An Icon?

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The phrase "gay icon" gets tossed around a lot, but what does that really mean? Welcome to Gay Iconography, a new feature where we present a proposed iconic figure or character and then ask you to weigh in with your thoughts. It's about reaffirming idols, discussing why these figures resonate (or not) and coming together as a community to define our cultural cornerstones. Despite Tom Daley's cheeky declaration of his gay icon status earlier this week, we're turning our attention to another break-out LGBT star of 2013 for this installment.

There's a lot to love about the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black. For all the ink and pixels spilled over the incredible (and diverse) ensemble cast, the portrayal of the prison system and the exploration of race, the show also deserve some thanks for introducing a larger audience to Laverne Cox.

She is an actress, producer and activist. From her reality-TV beginnings to her recent critical acclaim as Sophia Burset on Orange Is the New Black, Cox has seized her opportunity in the spotlight as a transgender woman of color to speak out on transgender issues.

In addition to her advocacy, one could argue that Cox embodies many of the qualities we routinely attribute to gay icons. She's dealt with personal struggle, she's beautiful and she's not afraid to speak her mind.

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Laverne Cox On Being A Trans Actress and 'Orange Is The New Black'

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If you have not yet indulged in a binge-watching session of the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, consider this a warning: You are missing out on the best show of the summer.

Inspired by the true story of a middle-class woman sent to prison for a crime she committed years earlier, Orange Is the New Black dives deep into the lives of a diverse cast of female inmates. These women’s layered stories are revealed through an extremely effective use of flashbacks, creating a prism effect as their past reflects off their present, their relationships with one other and, ultimately, the viewer. In a television landscape punctuated by male antiheroes, such a compelling collection of antiheroines is a revelation. 

The show has already garnered praise for its exploration of the prison system, and for its handling of race, class, gender and sexuality. However, it’s transgender inmate Sophia Burset that is inspiring a conversation not only around transgender persons in prison, but transgender characters and the actors who portray them.

In Orange Is the New Black, Sophia is played by actress, producer and transgender activist Laverne Cox. After making history as the first African-American transgender woman to appear on a reality television program (VH-1’s I Want to Work for Diddy), she became the first African-American transgender woman to produce and star in her own TV show, (VH-1’s TRANSform Me). Her performance as Sophia is a standout on a series showcasing one of the strongest ensemble casts around. 

Yesterday, Cox spoke with reporters about her experience as a transgender actress, her connection to her character and the pressure to be an inspiration for others. Check out some highlights of that conversation below.

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