Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox is on the cover of the June 9 issue of Time magazine bearing the headline, “The Transgender Tipping Point: America’s Next Civil Rights Frontier.” Cox posted the photo on her Facebook earlier today, which just happens to be her birthday:
In the cover story, Cox discusses her personal journey as well as the struggle for acceptance trans people still face in America:
We are in a place now where more and more trans people want to come forward and say ‘This is who I am.’ And more trans people are willing to tell their stories. More of us are living visibly and pursuing our dreams visibly, so people can say, ‘Oh yeah, I know someone who is trans.’ When people have points of reference that are humanizing, that demystifies difference.
Social media has been a huge part of it and the Internet has been a huge part of it, where we’re able to have a voice in a way that we haven’t been able to before. We’re being able to write our stories and we’re being able to talk back to the media … We are the reason. And we are setting the agenda in a different way.
In April, Cox was left off Time’s 100 Most Influential List despite having among the highest number of votes of any candidate. Not only did she earn a 91.5% approval rating from voters, but garnered 85,000 votes—the second most after Benedict Cumberbatch.
We suppose this is a decent make-better.
Below, check out a behind-the-scenes video of her cover shoot.