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Orange Is The New Black's Laverne Cox speaks to sold-out Ottawa crowd

Laverne Cox, who has won widespread acclaim for her portrayal of a transgender character in Orange Is The New Black, spoke to a sold-out crowd in Ottawa Wednesday night.

Laverne Cox in Ottawa

7 years ago
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Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox spoke to a sold-out crowd of university students in Ottawa on Wednesday night.

Laverne Cox, who has won widespread acclaim for her portrayal of a transgender character in Orange Is The New Black, spoke to a sold-out crowd in Ottawa Wednesday night.

The lineup stretched around the block from the Bronson Centre as 900 students braved the rain to see the TV star.

The struggle of Cox's TV character, Sophia Burset, to become the person she feels she is inside mirrors the actor's own journey, and Cox has become an advocate for the transgender community. 

Cox ended her speech by challenging the audience to open up the conversation about gender identity.

For more on this story, including what people in the audience thought, watch the video in the player above.

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