Tulane Engaged Research Fellowship Presents: Cece McDonald


Saturday April 13th 4PM-8PM

Ashe’ Powerhouse Theater

1731 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA, 70113

We are excited to announce a talk from transgender activist and LGBTQ+ advocate CeCe McDonald. Come early to learn about some projects our fellows have been working on and enjoy happy hour drinks and light refreshments.

Student presentation happy hour begins at 4, CeCe McDonald will speak at 5:15, followed by questions and then some live music.

CeCe McDonald shares profoundly affecting stories from her life as a trans woman of color and hate crime survivor, while inspiring audiences to stand up for acceptance, justice and equality.

CeCe is a transgender activist and revered icon of the LGBTQ community. She captured international recognition in 2011 after surviving a white supremacist and transphobic attack, later receiving a second-degree manslaughter conviction and serving 19 months in prison simply for defending herself.

She has been profiled in Mother Jones, Ebony.com, and Rolling Stone, the latter praising her as “an LGBT folk hero for her story of survival – and for the price she paid for fighting back.” In 2014, The Advocate included her among its annual “40 Under 40” list. That same year, she received the Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Award by the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club. She is the subject of the acclaimed documentary, “FREE CeCe,” produced by transgender actress Laverne Cox. Since her release, she has graced stages across the country where she uses storytelling to articulate the personal and political implications of being both black and trans.

As one of the founders of the Black Excellence Collective and Black Excellence Tour, created with best friend Joshua Allen, she fosters important conversations around mass incarceration, sexuality, and violence. With energy and conviction, she highlights the hope she now fights for – that all LGBTQ people can live their lives free of hate and prejudice and confidently pursue their dreams without fear.

Sponsored by the Mellon-Funded Tulane Fellowship in Engaged Research and the Tulane Africana Studies Program