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Emmy-nominated actress and Emmy-winning producer best known for her work on the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, Laverne Cox is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show and the first openly trans person to be nominated for an Emmy in acting category. Laverne can be seen as the host of Kim Kardashian West executive produced series, Glam Masters, on Lifetime. She was the host and producer of MTV’s The T Word and is the executive producer of the award-winning documentary Free CeCe! 



Sam Feder has created several award-winning documentaries that center the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and conflict within the queer and trans community. Sam seeks to connect transgender struggles and liberation to the context of the present and legacy of the past by showing that our communal history makes our present lives possible. Sam’s second feature Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger was named one of the best LGBT documentaries of 2014 by The Advocate, and cited by IndieWire as one of the must-see films of the 2014. 



Amy Scholder is a leader in independent publishing and LGBT activism. Her visionary style has brought high visibility to her authors, and has been praised for its contribution to contemporary literature and popular culture. She produces events, conferences, and festivals; and has been managing imprints in the nonprofit and independent publishing worlds for over two decades. She currently serves as president of the Board of Directors for Lambda Literary.