LaVerne Cox, the Emmy Award-nominated actress who plays prisoner Sophia Burset on the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” will speak Thursday, Nov. 12, at Sonoma State University.
She is the first African-American transgender woman to play a leading role in a mainstream television show. Cox has an identical twin brother, M Lamar, who portrays Marcus, the pre-transitioning Sophia, in “Orange Is the New Black.”
Cox also appeared as a contestant on the first season of VH1’s “I Want to Work for Diddy,” and produced and co-hosted the VH1 makeover television series “TRANSform Me.”
The Women in Leadership Lecture Series will present Cox in a moderated discussion and Q&A at 7:30 p.m. at Green Music Center’s Weill Hall in campus, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. Tickets start at $25. gmc.sonoma.edu, 866-955-6040.