Actress and LGBTQ activist Laverne Cox will kick off the University of Pittsburgh's Pride Week with a talk at Alumni Hall at 7 p.m. on March 30. Cox's lecture, titled "Ain’t I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood,” has been presented at events all over the country, and she was recently named to Out Magazine's
Out 100, Huffington Post
's top 50 transgender icons, named Glamour’s Woman of the Year, and featured on the cover of Time, the first transgender person to do so.
Cox is most famous for her role as Sophia Burset on the Netflix comedy Orange is the New Black
, but she has become the most public face of the transgender movement. She used that influence to become the first trans woman of color to produce her own television show titled TRANS Form Me
on VH1, which was nominated for a GLAAD Media award. Cox has also produced the documentary Free CeCe
, which focuses on CeCe McDonald, a trans, African-American woman who suffered a violent, racist, misogynistic, and transphobic attack and also served time in a Minnesota men’s prison. For more information on Laverne Cox’s talk, visit the University of Pittsburgh’s master calendar here
. (4227 Fifth Ave., Oakland, Alumni Hall