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Women's and Gender Studies

Laverne Cox - November 18th, 7PM in the SURC Theatre

On Tuesday November 18th in the  SURC Theatre,  Laverne Cox will give a presentation titled, " Ain't I a Woman."

Laverne Cox is an actress, writer, producer, and transgender advocate.  She can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Orange is the New Black. 

Cox was named as one of the most influential trans people in America in the inaugural Trans 100 in 2013. She was named one of the top 50 trans icons by the Huffington Post in 2012. Laverne was named one of Out magazine’s “Out 100” in 2010.  Metro Source magazine named her one of the “55 People We Love” in 2008.  

Cox is the first African-American trans woman to produce and star in her own television show, VH1’s critically acclaimed TRANSForm Me, the first television show to star three transsexual women.  Cox made television history when she became the first African-American trans woman to appear on a reality television program, I Want to Work for Diddy in 2008, which earned the GLAAD media award for Outstanding Reality Program  in 2009.

Cox was the recipient of the Anti-Violence Project's 2013 Courage Award.  As a transgender advocate Cox continues to lend her voice to the cause of transgender visibility and equality.  She is committed to telling diverse and three dimensional trans stories in the media.  She travels the country speaking about issues that affect the trans community. She became the first openly transgender person to make the cover of Time magazine in the June 9 2014, issue, "the transgender tipping point."