Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner finally meet at private screening of I Am Cait

Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner met for the first time on Sunday after striking up a friendship online. Orange is the New Black star Laverne joined Caitlyn and a group of friends for a special screening of her upcoming docu-series I Am Cait in Los Angeles.

Posting a photo of herself and Caitlyn posing happily together, Laverne wrote: "@caitlynjenner and I finally met in person at a special private advance screening of #IAmCait. #TransIsBeautiful #girlslikeus #caitlynjenner."

Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox met for the first time on Sunday

Laverne has been vocal in her support for Caitlyn since she came out as transgender in April, leading the 65-year-old to express her gratitude on social media.

"@LaverneCox you are fierce and fabulous!" Caitlyn tweeted in June. "Your support means the world. Thank you for all that you do for the community. #TransIsBeautiful."

Also attending the special screening on Sunday was transgender actress Candis Cayne, who Caitlyn has got to know well over the last few months. Candis was among the friends and family who supported Caitlyn as she collected her award at the ESPYs on Wednesday.

A group of Caitlyn's friends gathered for a screening of her new docu-series

The former Olympian delivered a powerful and poignant speech as she collected the Arthur Ashe award for the bravery she has shown going through her transition in the public eye.

Dressed in a glamorous white Versace gown, Caitlyn was clearly overwhelmed by the occasion, and became tearful towards the end of her speech as she thanked her loved ones for their support.

Along with Candis, proudly watching in the audience were Caitlyn's children Burt, Brandon, Brody, Kendall and Kylie, stepdaughters Kim, Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian, and mum Esther Jenner. Ex-wife Kris Jenner and stepson Rob Kardashian were absent, as was Brandon's wife Leah, who is imminently expecting the couple's first baby.

While Kris did not attend the Los Angeles awards show, she has since expressed her support for Caitlyn's moving speech, telling Us Weekly that she thought it was "amazing and very brave," adding: "I think she looked beautiful."

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