Laverne Cox Appearance Draws Capacity Crowd

Heavily Anticipated Event
Now NC State History
The GLBT Center made history on the evening of Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by hosting Laverne Cox, an Emmy-nominated actress and producer who is also transgender. Cox spoke eloquently and movingly about her childhood in Mobile, Alabama, where she and her twin brother, who both excelled in the arts, were raised by a single mother, through her coming of age in New York City, to her subsequent rise to stardom as star of the television show Orange is the New Black and other programs.

Following her talk, Cox answered numerous questions from an appreciative audience, including several students who asked for personal advice for their coming-out and transitional journeys as LGBT individuals. Cox answered each question thoughtfully and thoroughly based on her own personal experience and perspective. Stating that she considers herself first an actress and by circumstance a transgender rights spokesperson, she was quick to acknowledge that her views may not serve everyone, but everyone has a right to their own gender identity and expression. Her talk included references to gender scholars such as Julia T. Wood, Judith Butler, and Simone de Beauvoir, providing some deeper follow-up for those in the audience who wish to learn more in the area of gender studies.

Before the talk, NC State's GLBT Center showed a video titled "Trans* Safety" that shows how to treat transgender individuals with respect. Click to view the video.

The Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity and the GLBT Center are proud to have hosted this special event, which was offered free for the campus community. Thanks also to all the sponsors, inlcuding the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, the Women’s Center, Student Health Services, the Union Activities Board, Women’s and Gender Studies, the University Scholars Program, University Recreation and healthMpowerment.
GLBT Center Recognizes Transgender Day of Remembrance
The GLBT Center is sponsoring Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual event dedicated to honoring those who have had their lives cut short by anti-transgender violence. In the past year, over 200 transgender individuals have been murdered around the world, an overwhelming percentage of which were transgender women of color.

The Women’s Center and GLBT Center are partnering to honor those who have fallen victim to anti-transgender violence. A Silent Witness silhouette will be present in honor of Sevda Basar, a 28-year old transgender woman who was murdered by her boyfriend in February. The event will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in Wolf Plaza. Stop by to show your solidarity, place a paper flower at the feet of the silhouette, and take a moment of silence for Sevda, her over 200 fellow victims and the unknown number of voices pressured into silence from fear of violence. Take an additional step as an ally against anti-transgender violence by signing a pledge card to take a stand. Learn what you can do to help make NC State a more comfortable place for our transgender members of the Wolfpack. Pick up a pronoun sticker to show your support and wear it the remainder of the week.

Help the GLBT Center, GLBT-CommUnity Alliance student organization, and T-Files, the transgender, genderqueer and gender non-conforming/questioning support group, make this week a powerful reminder of solidarity, hope and community.  For more information about the GLBT Center, GLBT-CA, or T-Files, please visit the GLBT Center website or email the Center at glbtcenter@ncsu.edu.
GLBT Center to Host Annual Cabaret Variety Show
The GLBT Center will host its annual Cabaret variety show on Monday, November 24, 2014 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Talley Student Union Ballroom. This event showcases the diversity and talent of the NC State community and features a wide range of performances, including live music, vocal groups, dance troupes, drag, spoken word poetry and much more. This event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are not required, but we ask that you RSVP for the event since we will need to cap attendance. Please RSVP online. Contact Julius Perkins with any questions. Please also see the flyer for this event!