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The University of Iowa University of Iowa

Laverne Cox

  • Date: February 1, 2016 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: IMU Main Lounge
  • Cost: Free and open to the public

We are working to reschedule Laverne Cox and will update the website when a new date is determined.

An outspoken transgender advocate, Cox is the first trans-woman to produce and star in her own television show, "TRANSForm Me", appear on the cover of TIME Magazine [June 9, 2014] and be nominated for an EMMY. She is also the first trans-woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show, Orange is the New Black. She received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for the role of "Sophia Burset." A critically acclaimed actress, Cox has won rave reviews for the groundbreaking role of "Sophia Burset," an incarcerated African American transgender woman. TIME magazine named "Sophia Burset" the 4th most influential fictional character of 2013. She is also a recipient of the Dorian rising star award for Orange is the New Black.

A renowned, in-demand speaker, Cox has taken her empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations to live more authentically all over the country. In 2013 she won Best Supporting Actress at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival for her work in the praised filmMusical Chairs, directed by Susan Seidelman. Laverne's other acting credits include Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, HBO's Bored to Death, and the independent films Carla and The Exhibitionists. She also has roles in the forthcoming films 36 Saints and Grand Street. Cox was also the first trans-woman of color to appear on an American reality television program, VH1's I Wanna Work for Diddy, for which she accepted the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Reality Program. Laverne was named one of Outmagazine's "Out 100," one of the country's top 50 trans icons by The Huffington Post, and one of Metro Source magazine's "55 People We Love."


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