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Laverne Cox graces the cover of TIME magazine

The first black transgender woman on television is now the first transgender TIME cover girl

By Nalisa Alia Amin | Published: 30 May 2014

Laverne fronts TIME
Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Orange is The New Black actress and LGBT advocate, Laverne Cox has landed a cover of TIME's magazine.

Laverne is the first transgender person to grace the cover of the magazine, for the transgender transition feature 'The Transgender Tipping Point', written by Katy Steinmetz.

Laverne is also the first transgender black woman to have a leading role on a mainstream US television show. Recently when TIME announced this year's '100 Most Influential People' list, many were furious that Laverne wasn't on the list as she had received considerable amount of votes in the website’s 100 most influential people reader’s poll. This, it seems, is the magazine's answer.

After years of fighting, Laverne has landed a much deserved role. She spoke to TIME of her struggles in transitioning from her birth gender.  

"There’s not just one trans story. There’s not just one trans experience. And I think what they need to understand is that not everybody who is born feels that their gender identity is in alignment with what they’re assigned at birth, based on their genitalia. If someone needs to express their gender in a way that is different, that is OK, and they should not be denied healthcare. They should not be bullied. They don’t deserve to be victims of violence... That’s what people need to understand, that it’s okay and that if you are uncomfortable with it, then you need to look at yourself."

As time is changing, the LGBT movement is rapidly moving of being accepted by the court of law in America, hopefully soon across the globe.

You can read TIME's interview with Laverne Cox here.


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