3. Laverne Cox
If you’re not watching “Orange is the New Black” you’re seriously missing out on some quality entertainment, and one of the show’s stars, Laverne Cox, is an inspiration for more than just her acting. Cox, born a male, is a transgender woman who is seen as a trailblazer in the trans community. She is not only the first ever transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy award, but she also was the first transgender person to be featured on the cover of Time Magazine in 2014.

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