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UNT to host transgender actress, advocate Laverne Cox

UNT to host transgender actress, advocate Laverne Cox

February 19
23:21 2015

 Iyana Edouard / Staff Writer

The UNT Fine Arts Series is hosting actress Laverne Cox to speak about her experience as a transgender woman, actress, and advocate through her lecture series, “Ain’t I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood,” on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Coliseum.

Laverne Cox is best known for her role as Sophia, the sassy prison hairstylist who always has the best advice, on the hit Netflix original show “Orange is the New Black.”

“I was pretty excited when I found out she was coming. I love her acting in Orange is the New Black and I expect to hear about her journey on getting the role and how it’s impacted her life, especially being a transgender woman,” fashion merchandising major Viola Person said.

After her breakout role on the show, Cox has continued to break down transgender boundaries in the entertainment world. She is the first transgender woman to be nominated for an Emmy, to be on the cover of TIME Magazine, and to produce a television show.

Cox continues to travel the world to speak about her personal journey through transition and encourage gender and sexual equality.

“I feel like she’s going to offer a perspective and outlook on life that not too many can,” merchandising major Deren Fuller said.

UNT’s Fine Arts Series public relations Margarita Venegas said the fine arts staff  hasn’t heard any controversy or negativity about the event.

Venegas said with the event five days away, students and the fine arts staff are already overwhelmed and excited by the positive response and almost sold out seating.

“I’ve had many people reach out directly to me trying to find out how to buy multiple tickets to the event”, said Venegas “When the event was still three weeks away, roughly half the tickets had already been sold”.

Tickets to Laverne Cox lecture are free for UNT students, which they can reserve and print on Everyone else can purchase tickets on the site as well, $10 for the general public and $5 for UNT faculty, staff, and alumni.

For more information visit the UNT Fine Arts Series Facebook page.

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