Known for her groundbreaking role on Orange is the New Black, this transgender actress and advocate demonstrates the potency of living an authentic life.
Emmy Award-winning actress Laverne Cox drives transgender awareness by encouraging others to move beyond gender expectations and embrace all individuals for their unique selves.
As "Sophia Burset," an incarcerated African American transgender woman on Orange is the New Black, Laverne is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. Along with several acting awards, Laverne was notably the first trans woman to appear on the cover of TIME magazine. An accomplished producer and celebrated equal rights advocate, she continues to drive positive change on a global scale as she share her views on race, class, and gender with audiences through a range of platforms.
Laverne projects a combination of strength and vulnerability in her presentations, while delivering an animated reflection on the transgender experience. Her recollections of growing up in Mobile, Ala., moving to New York City, and finding the courage to step into womanhood illustrate the unique challenges faced by the transgender community. With a powerful and empowering message about self-acceptance and love, Laverne moves audiences to respect and appreciate all individuals and advocate for positive change.Three-time Emmy award nominated actress and Emmy award winning producer
Laverne's talk was both personal and inspirational, describing her sometimes difficult but ultimately triumphant journey with humor and grace. Laverne is steeped in a tremendous knowledge of feminist theory, navigating multiple identities, and trans history, ensuring our attendees left with tangible knowledge of trans identities. Vanderbilt University
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