Fans of Orange is the New Black's Laverne Cox have something to look forward to in 2015, which is when the actress and advocate has announced she will release a new memoir through Harlequin Books.
As one of the most prominent (and talented) faces of the transgender community, Cox has used her fame to deliver important messages about the obstacles faced by transgender people, as well as their shared humanity. She's currently producing a documentary telling the story of CeCe McDonald, who received a prison sentence for defending herself against a hate crime. Recently, Cox also beautifully articulated why trans experiences are a more important focus for the media than trans bodies when responding to an invasive line of questions from talk-show host Katie Couric. And of course, Cox's role on the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black is giving a widely heard voice to trans women of color in prison.
As grateful as ever for the important opportunities she's taken advantage of, Cox says of her new memoir:
"As a trans woman of color from a working class background, I have often felt shame about the truth of my personal story for much of my life. By sharing my full, unvarnished story, including details of my life and family history I have never before revealed, I hope to provide a voice and safe place for those who have suffered because of their race, class, gender, abuse, violence and trauma. I'm thrilled that Harlequin will be publishing this book."
In the meantime, Cox's friend and fellow trans advocate Janet Mock is releasing her own memoir on February 4th. The two women are part of a growing network of trans women making their voices heard. You can preorder Mock's memoir Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More on Amazon.