“Laverne Cox Presents The T Word,” Freddie Smith And More Take Home Daytime Emmys

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The Daytime Emmys Creative Arts Awards were held Friday night at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles, where trans actress and activist Laverne Cox won the Best Special Class Special award for her groundbreaking MTV/Logo TV docuseries, Laverne Cox Presents The T Word.

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The special–which profiled seven young trans people from different walks of life–beat out E!’s coverage of Joan Rivers’ death, Bobby Flay’s Thanksgiving at Bobby’s for the Food Network and the Cooking Channel special Taco Truck.

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Cox, who was nominated for a Primetime Emmy last year for her role on Orange is the New Black, was the host and executive producer of The T Word, and moderated the discussion on a post-show forum.

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She shared her joy over the honor on Twitter.

Other big winners included Days Of Our Lives’ Freddie Smith, who plays openly gay character Sonny Kirakis.

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“This award is for the LGBT community for showing strength and courage and being an inspiration to all of us,” Smith said while accepting his award.

Other big winners of the night included The Ellen Degeneres Show (Outstanding Talk Show) and openly gay talk show host Clinton Kelly, whose series The Chew (co-hosted with Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Daphne Oz and Michael Symon) won for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host.

Check out the full list of winners here.

Laverne Cox Presents The T Word will reair on Logo TV tomorrow (April 28) at 9am.

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.