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Actress of “Orange is the New Black” Laverne Cox will Speak at University of Montana

MISSOULA — Actress of “Orange is the New Black” Laverne Cox will present her lecture, “Ain’t I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the University Center Ballroom.

The lecture, presented by the UC Student Involvement Network in conjunction with the annual Tunnel of Oppression, explores how the intersections of race, class and gender uniquely affect the lives of transgender women of color. Cox draws from her own story to share how she has been able to navigate the world and all its challenges.

Cox is a critically acclaimed actress who currently appears in the acclaimed Netflix original series, playing the groundbreaking role of Sophia Burset, an incarcerated African-American transgender woman. Cox is the first transgender woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. Time Magazine named Burset the fourth most influential fictional character of 2013. Cox is a recipient of the Dorian Rising Star award for her work on “Orange is the New Black.”

Cox is also the first transgender woman of color to produce and star in her own television show, VH1’s “TRANSForm Me,” which was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. Cox is the first transgender woman of color to appear on an American reality television program, VH1’s “I Wanna Work for Diddy,” for which she received the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Reality Program. She also was named one of Out Magazine’s “Out 100,” one of the country’s top 50 transgender icons by the Huffington Post, and one of Metro Source magazine’s “55 People We Love.”

A renowned speaker, Cox has taken her empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations to live more authentically all over the country. Cox’s lecture is free and open to the public. For more information contact Jamar Galbreath, University Center diversity program adviser, at (406) 243-5776, or email at

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