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Purple Is The New Black! Netflix Star Laverne Cox Stuns In Lilac Gown, Lights Empire State Building For GLAAD Spirit Day

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Jan. 28 2015, Updated 2:39 p.m. ET

Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox looked ravishing on Thursday as she celebrated GLAAD's annual Spirit Day and National Bullying Prevention Month at The Empire State Building in New York City.

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Laverne Cox looked ravishing on Thursday as she celebrated GLAAD's annual Spirit Day and National Bullying Prevention Month at The Empire State Building in New York City.

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The Orange is the New Black actress was a vision in a form-fitting, sleeveless purple gown with black side panels. Her hair was styled in soft waves while her makeup was very minimal.

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Cox was joined at the event by the cast of young people from her new documentary Laverne Cox Presents “The T Word.”  Cox was also given the honor of lighting The Empire State Building during the event. The lights of the building will glow purple from sunset on Thursday until 2 a.m. on Friday.

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Since 2010, Spirit Day has been held every Oct. 16 as a day to stand against the bullying of LGBTQ youth. Purple was chosen as the color to signify the day since it represents “spirit” on the LGBTQ rainbow flag.

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In May, Cox became the first transgender person to cover Time. “The reality is I don’t represent the entire transgender community. There’s multiple experiences and multiple relationship to one’s identity and so it’s really about listening to individuals in terms of how the define themselves and describe themselves and to take people at their word,” she told Time in a behind-the-scenes video from her shoot.

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