Ellen Page calls Laverne Cox a personal hero

Mon. April 14, 2014 9:09 AM by OnTopMag.com

Los Angeles, CA - In presenting an award on Saturday to transgender actress-activist Laverne Cox, actress Ellen Page called her a personal hero.

"One of the best things about it," Page said of coming out gay in February, "was the way it enabled me to publicly show support for the people who inspire me and give me courage. And I'm here to do just that tonight for one of my heroes, Laverne Cox."

Page presented Cox, who plays a transgender character on Netflix's Orange is the New Black, with GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality, at the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.


"I'm an African-American transgender woman from a working class background raised by a single mother," said Cox in receiving the award. "We are not programmed to think we should receive these kinds of awards, but I'd like to think that things are changing."

Cox is also producing the documentary Free CeCe about the plight of Chrishaun Reed "CeCe" McDonald, an African-American transgender woman and activist.

(Related: Jennifer Lopez presented with gay rights advocacy award by Rita Moreno.)

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