From GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis:
"From gracing the cover of TIME Magazine, to now becoming the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy in an acting category, Laverne Cox continues to break barriers," Ellis said. "Today, countless transgender youth will hear the message that they can be who they are and still achieve their dreams – nothing is out of reach. Laverne's success on a hit series is a clear indication that audiences are ready for more trans characters on television."
The 2014 roster of nominees is among the most LGBT-inclusive list in Emmy history, according to GLAAD. Other LGBT nominees include Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory, The Normal Heart); Matt Bomer, Joe Mantello (The Normal Heart); Kate McKinnon (SNL); Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story); Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family);