LGBTQ Student Life OUTober Keynote: CeCe McDonald
A Trans Revolution: Addressing racism, transphobia, and incarceration facing the transgender women of color community
“I feel a revolution is amongst us, and I know that there is no better time than now.”
- CeCe McDonald
CeCe McDonald was a political prisoner incarcerated for defending herself against a racist, transphobic assault in July, 2010. Due to her willingness to fight, supporters and activists in Minneapolis and across the U.S. built up a solidarity campaign to demand her freedom, and were able to win her a reduced sentence. After serving a 17-month term, she was released in January 2014.
After being released CeCe quickly became a leading and outspoken fighter in the movements for LGBTQ liberation, prison abolition, and racial justice. She is currently working on a forthcoming documentary with actress Laverne Cox on her case, “Free CeCe”. She was the Grand Marshall of Seattle Pride this year, she received the Bayard Rustin Civil Rights award, and has spoken on Democracy Now!, MSNBC, and various other media outlets.
The University of Chicago Institute of Politics
Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of Chicago
Spiritual Life Office, University of Chicago
Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture
The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality