Laverne Cox Pushes TV Academy To ‘Diversify’ Emmys Voters For Trans Inclusivity

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actress Laverne Cox kicks off awards weekend at home in Los Angeles with Gold Bond Ultimate® Healing Lotion and the #ChampionYourSkin campaign, celebrating others like her who put their skin to the test to create a better world on September 17, 2020 in Los Angeles, California on September 17, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Gold Bond)

Laverne Cox Pushes TV Academy To ‘Diversify’ Emmys Voters For Trans Inclusivity

“Who's doing the voting is really crucial.”

Published September 18th

Written by BET Staff

After becoming the first transgender actress to score an Emmy nomination in 2014, Laverne Cox wants the Television Academy to continue pushing for more diversity. The 2020 Emmys airs on September 20, and only one trans actress, Rain Valdez, has been nominated this year. 

In an exclusive interview with TooFab, Cox said that "diversifying who's doing the voting is really crucial." 

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"If we continue to diversity membership and interrogate what we consider awards worthy and why, I think that becomes the bigger question -- who decides what is awards worthy and what kind of stories and who tells those stories and how they're told and what audience they’re appealing to and what class of people is being featured,"  Cox said.

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“I think those kinds of questions are deeper questions around, when we talk about diversity and award shows.” 

As an Emmys voter, Cox does applaud that stories told on TV shows are "years ahead" when compared to the big screen. 

(Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Gold Bond)

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