LGBTA Student Resource Center to host actress Laverne Cox

September 26, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- "Orange Is the New Black" star Laverne Cox will speak at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in Alumni Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center.

All tickets are free and can be obtained in Alumni Hall at the door. The doors will open at 7 p.m. A live stream of her keynote will be shown in Freeman Auditorium.

An outspoken transgender advocate, Cox is the first trans-woman to produce and star in her own television show, "TRANSForm Me," appear on the cover of TIME Magazine and be nominated for an EMMY. She is also the first trans-woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show, "Orange Is the New Black." She received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for the role of Sophia Burset. Cox has won rave reviews for the groundbreaking role of an incarcerated African-American transgender woman. TIME magazine named “Sophia Burset” the fourth most influential fictional character of 2013. She is also a recipient of the Dorian rising star award for "Orange Is the New Black."

Cox has taken her empowering message of "moving beyond gender expectations to live more authentically" across the country. She was named one of Outmagazine's "Out 100," one of the country's top 50 trans icons by The Huffington Post and one of Metro Source magazine's "55 People We Love." 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.  

The LGBTA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally) Student Resource Center and University Park Allocation Committee sponsor this event.

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    Laverne Cox

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Last Updated September 29, 2014