Laverne Cox Is First Transgender Person To Appear On Cover Of Time

The "Orange Is The New Black" star made history by becoming the first ever transgender person to appear on the cover of Time.

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Time Magazine Unveiled Its Latest Cover On Wednesday, 28 May 2014, Featuring Transgender Laverne Cox

'Orange Is The New Black' star Laverne Cox is the first transgender to appear on the cover on TIME.

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Time Magazine has declared that society has reached a “transgender tipping point,” offering up a new feature that includes an extensive “Transgender 101″ article covering the gamut of issues affecting the trans community, a photo essay of transgender individuals, another photo collection of transgender individuals who “influenced American culture,” and a personal interview with Laverne Cox.


The LGBT Rights Advocate Plays Hairstylist Sophia Burset In Acclaimed Series "Orange Is The New Black" And Is The First Ever Transgender To Appear On The Cover Of Time

Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset in 'Orange Is The New Black'.

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The cover features a full-length portrait of the actress in a blue dress and also makes her the first transgender person to land on its glossy front page.


The Groundbreaking Cover Comes After Time's Annual List Of The 100 Most Influential People Failed to Include Cox In April

Time magazine behind-the-scenes with Laverne Cox.

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Last month, Cox was left off of the Time 100 list despite being one of the highest vote-getters in online polls. That snub was seen as part of a longer history of ignoring the entire trans community in major media. The backlash lead to the hashtag #whereislavernecox trending nationally.


Time's Omission Of Cox Prompted A Backlash And A Social Media Campaign That Used The Rallying Cry: #WhereIsLaverneCox

Before the list was announced, Cox had received considerable support in the website’s 100 most influential people reader’s poll. Time’s omission of Cox prompted a backlash, and a social media campaign that used the rallying cry: #whereisLaverneCox.


Laverne Cox tweets to supporters who participated in in the social media campaign #whereislavernecox.

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Cox Spoke To Time About How Transgender People Are Often Misunderstood, "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."

Time magazine behind-the-scenes with Laverne Cox.

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"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." - Laverne Cox


"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." - Laverne Cox


Ellen DeGeneres Tweeted In Support Of Laverne Cox's History-Making Time Cover

Ellen DeGeneres tweets her support for Laverne Cox.

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