MTV, Logo line up transgender doc “The T Word”

Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word will focus on the lives of four transgender individuals aged 14 to 24, with Cox hosting a live forum immediately following the premiere.
September 18, 2014

Orange is the New Black actor Laverne Cox is to host a one-hour documentary that takes viewers inside the lives of four transgender young people.

Cox (pictured), who portrays Sophia Burset on the Netflix drama – and recently made history as the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an acting Emmy – also serves as an exec producer on Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word.

The documentary, which will air simultaneously on both MTV and Logo TV in the U.S. this fall, focuses on four individuals ranging in age from 14 to 24, located in diverse American neighborhoods, as they share their life stories.

“For many of us, the ‘T’ in LGBT means more than transgender, it also means truth,” said Cox in a statement. “The cast members in this documentary are fearlessly living their truths and in sharing their stories will send a message to other trans youth that it’s okay to be who you are.”

Following the documentary’s premiere, Cox will team up with SuChin Pak live on Logo TV and to host a one-hour “Trans Forum,” where Cox and the documentary subjects will discuss transgender issues and answer questions from a live audience and via social media.

Marshall EisenBetsy Forhan (for MTV and Logo TV), Cheryl Horner Sirulnick (for Gigantic! Productions), Michael Hirschorn (for Ish Entertainment) and Eric Miclette serve as exec producers.

Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word airs October 17, 7 p.m. EST.

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