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Talk with transgender activist and actress, Laverne Cox, tomorrow

November 14, 2013

Keene State College will be hosting transgender activist and critically acclaimed actress, Laverne Cox. The lecture entitled “Ain’t I a Woman: My journey to Womanhood” will be held tomorrow, Friday, November 15, at 7pm, in the Mabel Brown Room of the Keene State College student center. The event is free and open to the public.

Laverne is an African American transgender activist and actor in the Netflix show, Orange is the New Black. The renowned speaker has traveled around the country promoting an empowering message of “moving beyond gender expectations to live more authentically.” She is the recipient of the Courage Award from the Anti-Violence Project and named one of the top 50 trans icons by Huffington Post.

"Keene State College demonstrates a consistent commitment to educating the community about issues related to gender and sexual minorities by bringing well-known transgender advocates to campus two years in a row now," said Dr. Jamie Landau, faculty advisor to KSC Pride. "The large number of sponsors of Laverne Cox symbolizes that celebrating diversity is a collaborative effort and not an isolated event."

This event is a collaborative community effort on behalf of Keene State College to sustain attention to intersections of diversity. At Keene State College, diversity in the community, curriculum and co-curriculum is intimately connected with our other priorities of academic excellence and student success.

The campus diversity commission at Keene State College promotes an environment in which differences between people are recognized, understood, and accepted in all areas of academic and community life. It addresses issues in multiple intersections of diversity, including but not limited to race, gender, sexuality, and public culture.

“Ain’t I a Woman: My journey to Womanhood” is being sponsored by KSC Pride, The office of Diversity and Multiculturalism, The Social Activities Council, The Office of Student Involvement, LP Young Student Center, Student Assembly, The Pepsi Grant, Common Ground, The office of Multicultural Student Support, Feminist Collective, and Department of Criminal Justice.

The lecture is open the KSC community and the public. Cameras are permitted for this event but no video recordings of any kind are allowed.