Orange Is the New Black actress Laverne Cox becomes the first openly transgender person to appear on Time’s magazine cover.
Titled “The Transgender Tipping Point,” Time‘s cover story relates the recent rise in transgender awareness by highlighting the work and journey of trans individuals like star Laverne Cox, app developer Teagan Widmer, 11-year-old Mac Davis, and 17-year-old Ashton Lee.
“Transgender people — those who identify with a gender other than the sex they were assigned at birth, are emerging from the margins to fight for an equal place in society,” said Time‘s Katy Steinmetz in a press release. “This new transparency is improving the lives of a long misunderstood minority and beginning to yield new policies. … As the trans movement has gained momentum, opponents have been drawn in to fight, many of them social conservatives who cut their teeth and fattened their mailing lists opposing same-sex marriage. But perhaps the biggest obstacle is that trans people live in a world largely built on a fixed and binary definition of gender. In many places, they are unwelcome in the men’s bathroom and the women’s. The effect is a constant reminder that they don’t belong.
Congratulations to Laverne for this cover and for rocking that Hervé Leger blue dress and thanks to Time for the visibility they are giving to the trans community!
Watch Time’s behind-the-scenes video of Cox’s cover shoot below.