LGBTQ activist CeCe McDonald will speak in conjunction with a presentation of the film FREE CeCe!. The feature-length documentary about her life and story was produced by Laverne Cox and Jacqueline Gares. It focuses on McDonald’s survival of a racist, transphobic attack, and subsequent incarceration in an all-male prison. McDonald also appears in dialogue with Patrisse Cullors and Jennicet Gutierrez in Andrea Bowers’ Roundtable Discussion (2016) on view in The Intersectional Self at The 8th Floor.
CeCe McDonald is an activist, spokesperson and icon in the LGBTQ community. Gaining international recognition after surviving a transphobic and white supremacist attack, McDonald has graced stages across the country, where she uses storytelling to articulate the personal and political implications of being both black and trans. Now 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.