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LAFF: Why Laverne Cox is lending her voice to the 'Free Cece' documentary

LAFF: Why Laverne Cox is lending her voice to the 'Free Cece' documentary

CeCe McDonald and a group of friends just wanted to make a midnight run to the store down the street from her Minneapolis home. But in the middle of their walk, they were accosted by a posse of white bar patrons. The antagonizers, male and female, lobbed a number of racist, homophobic and transphobic slurs at the passersby before physically attacking the group. McDonald eventually squared off with one of the male assailants who, by the end of the altercation, died from injuries after a pair of scissors pierced his chest -- scissors that came out of McDonald’s purse.

This was the night of June 5, 2011. A night that landed McDonald, a black transgender woman, in a...

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