Laverne Cox makes history with Daytime Creative Arts Emmy win

The 42nd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards were presented yesterday and transgender advocate and actress Laverne Cox made history when the Logo special she hosted and executive produced, Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word, won the Emmy in Outstanding Special Class Special. Cox is the first trans woman to win an Emmy as an Executive Producer and The T Word is the first trans documentary to win an Emmy.


Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word looks at the lives of seven trans youth, who range from ages 12 – 24, and explores their individual journeys to overcome challenges such as bullying and anti-transgender violence. The documentary premiered on Logo and MTV last October the day after Laverne and members of the cast lit the Empire State Building purple for GLAAD’s #spiritday to support LGBT youth. You can still watch the full documentary online.

Other winners at the 42nd Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards include Ellen DeGeneres whose talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, took home three Emmys including Outstanding New Approaches – Enhancement to a Daytime Program or Series. The Sara Gilbert-cohosted daily talk show The Talk picked up one award. Soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, which recently kicked off a new storyline with Maya Avant (Karla Mosley) disclosing to viewers that she is trans, picked up eight Emmys. LGBT-inclusive soaps General Hospital and Days of our Lives won three and two Emmys, respectively. Web series The Bay The Series picked up the Emmy in Outstanding New Approaches Drama Series.

While the Daytime Creative Arts Emmys honor those working behind the scenes, the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmys, honoring the work of those in front of the camera, followed on Sunday night. Days of our Lives tied for the Emmy in Outstanding Drama Series with star Freddie Smith taking home the Emmy in Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of out character Sonny Kiriakis. The Ellen DeGeneres Show won the Emmy in Outstanding Talk Show / Entertainment. CBS Sunday Morning, which features out correspondent Mo Rocca, won an Emmy for Outstanding Morning Program, and The Chew featuring out host Clinton Kelly took home the Emmy in Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host. LGBT-inclusive soap The Bold and the Beautiful took home two additional Emmy Awards.