Laverne Cox to Produce Documentary on Transgender Teens

Orange Is the New Black star is country's most famous trans activist.

Posted: 04/30/2014 02:15 PM EDT

Laverne Cox is bringing her message of transgender awareness to the small screen this fall. The Orange Is the New Black star is teaming up with MTV and Logo to produce a television documentary called Trans Teen: The Documentary.

The non-fiction work will take viewers inside the lives of four trans youth — young people who, until recently, may not have even felt safe sharing their lives with others.  

"Ranging in age from 14 to 24, and hailing from diverse neighborhoods across America, each of the four cast members has their own unique story to tell. But this isn’t a story about being an 'other' — it’s about Being Human," reads the press release. "They all share the courage and determination to live their lives authentically, as the person they were meant to be. With varying levels of parental and social support, they will share their brave journeys as they learn to overcome challenges like intolerance, bullying and general confusion about who and what they are. We’ll see them try to help friends, family and, ultimately, America, understand what’s happening and why. And we will follow them as they deal with the medical, psychological, and social hurdles they face."

No word on a premiere date for Trans Teen: A Documentary, but Cox will soon be seen on season two of OITNB, which premieres on June 6 on Netflix. Cox is also working on a memoir about her life growing up in Mobile, Alabama, to becoming one of the most famous trans women in history.  

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