Cody is passionate about increasing visibility, opportunity, and respect for transgender and queer artists. He decided to come out as transgender while working in Boston in 2017. An intimidating choice at the time, he now considers it one of his best professional decisions. He has been asked to speak on many panels, post-show discussions, and workshops. Below is some of the advocacy work he has been a part of.
September 2019: Panel and Readings for Diversionary Theatre’s Arts and the Trans/Gender Diverse Community
2019: 5050by2020 Transmasculine Cohort
The Transmasculine Cohort is part of 5050 by 2020, an intersectional power movement in arts and entertainment. “We want the leadership in our industry to reflect the diversity of America…” This cohort works specifically to empower transmasculine artists, because we are so rarely given a voice and authentic representation in this industry.
“We believe that when trans people are empowered to help Hollywood tell our authentic stories, it will improve how trans people are treated in the real world.”
November 2017: STAGESOURCE GENDER INITIATIVE
September 2017: Panel on Gender Binary in the Theatre for SpeakEasy Stage Company, as part of the company of Men on Boats
“Named for Ruby Dee, an actor and activist, Ruby’s is our salon series that explores trends in theatre making. Talk to the artists who are expanding the scope of theatre in our world today and find out what drives them and how.
Speakeasy Stage Company hosts the first Ruby’s Salon with the gender-bending cast of diverse performers from their rollicking adventure tale Men on Boats. Join cast members Mal Malme, Alice Kabia, Cody Sloan and moderator Sloth Levine (Assistant Director) for a conversation about the impact of gender on the stories we tell in contemporary theatre and how those stories are changing to embrace a wider representation of people.”
September 2017: EDGE Media Network Interview for Men on Boats