Laverne Cox, from "Orange is the New Black," to Speak at Williams College

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 5, 2018—Laverne Cox, award-winning transgender actress, producer, and equal rights advocate, will speak at Williams College on Monday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Chapin Hall. The campus community seating will begin at 6:45 p.m. and the general public seating will be at
7 p.m. The talk is free and tickets are not required.

Cox’s talk is titled “Ain’t I A Woman: My Journey to Womanhood.” She will discuss her life as a transgender woman, an actress, and an advocate. Cox is best known for her work on the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black in which she plays the groundbreaking role of Sophia Burset. As an Emmy-nominated actress and Emmy-winning producer, Cox is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show.

Cox was also the host and executive producer of the documentary Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word (2014), which explores the lives of seven transgender youth from across the country and their determination to lead their lives as the people they are meant to be. The film won a Daytime Emmy Award and was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award.

Cox is producing another documentary titled Free CeCe in order to heighten visibility and awareness surrounding CeCe McDonald, a transgender woman who was controversially sentenced to 41 months in prison for second-degree manslaughter after allegedly defending herself against a racist and transphobic attack. The documentary will focus on McDonald’s case, her experiences while incarcerated in a men’s prison, and the larger implications of her case for the transgender community.

This event is a celebration of the 25th anniversary celebration of the The Michael Dively ’61 Lecture Fund for Human Sexuality and Diversity and is sponsored by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies and many other departments and programs on campus.


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