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Laverne Cox Presents “Ain’t I A Woman” at JCC May 7 Tickets on sale March 1st

Jefferson Community College (JCC) will host “Ain’t I A Woman” presented by Laverne Cox on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. in the McVean Gymnasium. Laverne, a nationally recognized transgender advocate, will discuss her life’s journey, from growing up in a single parent household to finally finding the courage to take her first steps into womanhood.

Tickets cost $10 for the public and will go on sale March 1st. Jefferson students who present their SUNY ID will receive one free ticket. Tickets may be purchased online at www.sunyjefferson.edu or in person at the Student Activities Center, room 4-100, McVean Center.

Laverne Cox is best known for her role on the Netflix original series, Orange is The New Black, where she plays the role of Sophia Burset, a transgender woman and inmate at Litchfield Penitentiary.

Demonstrating the importance of inclusion and diversity, Jefferson is excited to bring Laverne’s story to Northern New York along with partners ACR Health, Planned Parenthood of the North Country New York, St. Lawrence University SAFE Project and Walmart. “Jefferson is dedicated to creating a campus environment that is supportive, open-minded and safe for all students, no matter their race or gender,” says Courtney Corigliano, Student President of JCC Campus Activities Board. “Laverne’s story is truly inspiring and anyone who has ever been bullied, discriminated against, or felt as though their voice had gone unheard can relate to her journey in some way.”

Tickets may be purchased online at www.sunyjefferson.edu, or in person at the JCC Student Activities Center, room 4-100, McVean Center. For more information, call Student Activities at 315-786-2431.

Brought to you by Jefferson Community College - Campus Activities Board and Student Government, ACR Health, Planned Parenthood of the North Country New York, Inc., St. Lawrence University SAFE Project and Walmart.

Below a word from our partnering organizations:

-“As health care providers, educators, and advocates, Planned Parenthood is committed to serving all people in our communities with care and respect. We do this by allowing people to be who they are, and by providing them with a supportive, inclusive, and nonjudgmental health care environment.”

-Katie Ramus, Director of Communications, Planned Parenthood of the North Country New York

- “St Lawrence University SAFE Project is committed to making our campus more welcoming and inclusive of all students, faculty and staff. The Laverne Cox event will enrich the important conversations on intersectionality and discuss critical issues of race, class and gender in our community.”

 - Morolake Odetoyinbo, SAFE Project Coordinator, St. Lawrence University

- “Laverne Cox represents ‘what is possible’ for transgender youth.  She is an authentic and rare example of how to be true to yourself and be strong and live a successful life as a transgender person. 

-Cari McAvoy, NNY Regional Manager and Development Associate ACR Health