New York City Declares “Laverne Cox Day”

The actress-activist was presented with a proclamation by Mayor de Blasio on June 22.

Trans actress and activist Laverne Cox got an incredible honor this week: A whole day named after her.

The Orange is the New Black star was surprised Thursday when New York Mayor Bill de Blasio presented her with a proclamation declaring June 22 “Laverne Cox Day”


“According to Mayor DeBlasio today, June 22, 2017 is Laverne Cox Day in the city of New York,” Cox she wrote on Instagram. “WOW! Thank you so much Mayor and First Lady. I am beyond honored and grateful for this proclamation. #TransIsBeautiful happy #Pride.”

“NYC enjoy Laverne Cox Day,” she added in another post. “Love and embrace who you are and celebrate and love each other!”

The 33-year-old has deftly balanced a Hollywood career with outspoken advocacy for the trans community: A new season of Orange is the New Black is on Netflix and CBS has put Cox’s legal drama, Doubt, on its summer lineup.

Earlier in the week, she spoke out about discrimination within the LGBT community.

“As a black transgender woman, I have not always felt included in Pride, to be honest with you. I haven’t,” she said. “The LGBTQ community has not always been the most welcoming to trans people and people of color.”

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.