In general, "Orange Is the New Black" does a solid job representing queer women as part of a larger spectrum beyond sexuality. With no character is that more clear than transgender inmate Sophia Burset, who is played, astonishingly, by a trans actress (Laverne Cox). Sophia's inclusion feels forward-thinking enough (try to remember the last time you saw a transgender person of color on a television drama, let alone the last time Hollywood cast a transgender actress to play one), but show creator Jenji Kohan goes a step further and makes Sophia a multi-layered character. Sophia gets much of the spotlight in the show's third episode (directed by Jodie Foster), when bureaucratic penal procedures cause Litchfield to stop supplying her estrogen. As she grapples with the possibility of losing her gender identity, we learn of her strained relationship with her wife and son, but we also learn of the credit card fraud that was part of her journey to have the right body. One episode earlier, Sophia seemed destined to provide comic relief. By the end of this one, she's a full-fledged character who seems comfortable, vulnerable, guilty and blameless. Suddenly, "Orange Is the New Black" feels like Sophia's story even though it's ostensibly Piper's.