Laverne Cox Inspires in the All-New MTV Special LAVERNE COX: PRESENTS THE T WORD, October 21

— October 15, 2014

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TORONTO (October 15, 2014) – MTV celebrates theinspiring and challenging lives of transgender youth this month with theall-new, one-hour documentary LAVERNECOX PRESENTS: THE T WORD, premieringTuesday, Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. ET, exclusivelyon MTV. Hosted and executive produced by Emmy® Award nomineeand transgender advocate LaverneCox (FAKING IT, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK), the documentarytakes viewers inside the lives of seven transgender youth as they overcomechallenges such as coming out, bullying, and experiencing anti-transgenderviolence. Ranging in age from 12 to 24, each subject shares the determinationto live their life authentically, as the person they are meant to be. Withvarying levels of parental and social support, the documentary explores theintersection of transgender identities and touches on each individual’s journey.

“For many ofus, the ‘T’ in LGBT means more than transgender, it also means truth,” said hostand executive producer Laverne Cox. “The cast members in this documentary arefearlessly living their truths and in sharing their stories will send the messageto other trans youth that it is okay to be who you are.”   

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LAVERNE COXPRESENTS: THE T WORD follows:Ari, an 18-year-old man from Manhattan, who graduated from high school and isstarting college; Avery, a 20-year-old woman from Queens, New York, who shares herdating experiences; Daniella, a 20-year-old woman from the Bronx, New York, whospeaks out against anti-transgender violence; Kye, a 24-year-old man inBrooklyn, New York, who became the first Division One transgender basketballplayer; L’lerret, a 20-year-old woman attending college in New Orleans, whereshe is an active member of BreakOUT!, a group fighting criminalization oftransgender youth; Shane, a 22-year-old man from Baltimore, Maryland, and acollege student, living with his girlfriend; and Zoey, a 12-year-old girl fromCalifornia, who is supported by her mother, and transferred out of her lastschool when the school administrators refused to acknowledge her as a girl.


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