Laverne Cox, the Emmy nominated actress and trans community activist, is hitting Colorado to speak at the University of Colorado at Boulder tomorrow.
Her show, Ain’t I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood, is set to take place at the same time as Milo Yiannopoulos’ Dangerous Faggot Tour engagement, also on the CU Boulder campus.
Yiannopoulos’ show has been protested across the nation because of his inflammatory statements and hurtful language surrounding the queer community. The “Alt-Right” speaker has been banned from Twitter because of his statements, but CU stands by its promise to protect free speech for everyone on its campus.
Laverne Cox’s show — a stark contrast to Yiannopoulos’ — is being presented as a more community based option for the students. Tickets are still available to students and the general public.
Ain’t I a Woman explores how race, gender, and class intersect in the lives of transwomen of color. GLAAD honored Cox with its Stephen F. Kolzak Award, an award for strong advocates for the transgender community. Cox garnered national popularity when she debuted on Netflix’s standout series Orange is the New Black, which landed her an Emmy nomination.
Pulling from her own life experience, Cox, offers a message of love.
With two queer people, both very strong in their beliefs — no matter how polarizing — will be quite the display for those unlucky enough to nab tickets. Protestors are already talking about utilizing their right to free speech to object to Milo’s appearance on campus.