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Activist Miss Major to speak on transgender rights April 6

illustration of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy

Image from the poster for the documentary Miss Major!

Transgender activist Miss Major Griffin-Gracy will speak the day after a free screening at Illinois State University of a documentary about her life and work.

The documentary Miss Major! will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 5 at Capen Auditorium in Edwards Hall. Griffin-Gracy will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6 at Capen. Both events are free, open to the public, and are sponsored by University Program Board and ISU Pride.

Griffin-Gracy is an advocate for transgender individuals with a focus on transgender women of color. Known as Miss Major, she was a leader in the 1969 Stonewall Riots that became a turning point for the LGBTQ community. For over 40 years, Miss Major has been an activist and mentor for the transgender community, and continues today through her documentary and speaking events.

The film Wednesday will explore the life of Miss Major and her activism of the last 40 years, including the Stonewall Riots. On Thursday, Griffin-Gracy will speak about her own experiences, as well as her work as a transgender activist.

For more information, contact Caitlin O’Donovan at UPBMarketing@ilstu.edu or (309) 438-8814.

The University Program Board (UPB) is “your source for campus activities” at Illinois State University. UPB is committed to establishing student‐driven programs, focused on the social, cultural, educational, and recreational growth of Illinois State University and the surrounding community.

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