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Emmy-Nominated Netflix Actress to Speak at NKU

She was nominated for an Emmy this year for her role in the celebrated Netflix series Orange is the New Black and later this month she will appear on campus at Northern Kentucky University.

Laverne Cox will speak Tuesday, October 28, as part of LGBTQ History Month, at 7 p.m. in the James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union Ballroom.

Cox is an outspoken transgender advocate and produced her own TV show, TRANSform Me, has appeared on the cover of TIME, and is also described as the first transgendered woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show.

The appearance is part of a month-long celebration of gay history and issues put on by the NKU Office of LGBTQ Programs & Services.

On Friday, nationally known photographer Adam Bouska brings his "NOH8" campaign to the Highland Heights campus. The "no-hate" photographs have featured celebrities and athletes in an effort to raise funds to promote issues such as marriage equality and anti-discrimination policies.

The photo shoot at NKU starts at 3 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. (with a one hour break at 5 p.m.). It will be held at the Student Union's multipurpose room. Solo photos are $40, couples and groups are $25.

Meanwhile, National Coming Out Day will be celebrated over two days, once on campus and then at Madlot in Covington.

The Office of LGBTQ Programs & Services, Common Ground, Colours of Pride, and SAFE will be hosting its second annual "chalking" in the Student Union Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 10. There will be plenty of sidewalk chalk to go around for people to leave messages of support. 

On Saturday, October 11 (the traditional National Coming Out Day), NKY Fairness will host an event from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Madlot in Covington. It will include an interactive art and music showcase. Madlot is located at the southeast corner of Seventh & Washington Streets.

For the Cox event on October 28, tickets will be required and become available on Monday, October 20. Faculty, staff, and community members can purchase them for $10.

For more information, visit the NKU Office of LGBTQ Programs & Services.

-Staff report