CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Laverne Cox, a transgender actress starring in the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” will speak at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte tonight, Monday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m.

Cox is the first transgender woman of color to play a leading role in a mainstream TV show. In the series, Cox plays transgender inmate Sophia Burset. At UNCC, she’ll speak about breaking down gender and race boundaries.

Outside of her acting career, Cox has made a name for herself by advocating for transgender awareness and inclusion, including a recent interview with Katie Couric.

Monday’s speaking engagement is being sponsored by UNCC’s Campus Activities Board, Pride/Spectrum, the Multicultural Resource Center and Housing and Residence Life.

The event will be held in McKnight Hall in the Cone Center. Admission is free for UNCC students and $10 for guests.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.