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Trans Actress and Activist Laverne Cox Featured on Cover of TIME Magazine: PHOTO


Orange is the New Black actress and trans activist Laverne Cox is featured on the cover of the upcoming June 9 issue of TIME Magazine.

She writes on Facebook:

What a wonderful bday present! Yes today is my birthday and I am on the cover of @TIME magazine. I realize this is way bigger than me and about a tipping point in our nation's history where it is no kinger acceptable for trans lives to be stigmatized, ridiculed, criminalized and disregarded. This is for my trans siblings out there and for anyone who has ever been told that who you know yourself to be at your core is not legitimate. You are who you know yourselves to be. #girlslikeus #whereislavernecox #lavernehive

As you may recall, Cox leapt to the top of a TIME 100 reader poll in April when it was surveying readers about people they would like to see make their TIME 100 issue. Eyebrows were raised when Cox appeared to be snubbed for that issue, though it looks like the magazine had other plans.

Happy birthday Laverne!

UPDATE: Here's the cover story. And a gallery of trans people in America.

Go behind the scenes of Cox's cover and watch an interview, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. This is truly a Big Deal. Wonderful news.

    Posted by: throwslikeagirl | May 29, 2014 9:00:02 AM

  2. I'm envious. Doubt I will ever get a birthday gift like that! Go girl!

    Posted by: bkmn | May 29, 2014 9:03:52 AM

  3. Congratulations!

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | May 29, 2014 9:18:41 AM

  4. Laverne looks like a parody of a white woman.

    Posted by: petey | May 29, 2014 9:34:31 AM

  5. I see PETEY is making the rounds... Congrats Ms. Cox!

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | May 29, 2014 9:35:56 AM

  6. Wait... are we all done with equal rights for gay people so it's on to the T's rights now?

    I wasn't aware that gay rights were all sewn up yet, Time Magazine....

    Posted by: johnny | May 29, 2014 9:40:55 AM

  7. Isn't it strange how people who claim to be transgendered only talk about their own issues and exclusive organizations, but gay people have to say LGBT to be "inclusive"?

    Posted by: Little Twatti | May 29, 2014 9:43:41 AM

  8. We're also not done with women's rights, African-American's rights, or immigrant's rights.

    But no where on that cover does it suggest we can only address one group at a time.

    Posted by: crispy | May 29, 2014 9:44:05 AM

  9. Personally, Laverne Cox is the Star of the 21st century. I'm a cis gay dude, but this woman does it for me. I love her direction and wisdom. She's also a effin great actress.

    Posted by: TigHeart | May 29, 2014 9:51:28 AM

  10. Thank you, Crispy. The anti-trans sentiment in these comments has gotten disgusting. Grow up, people.

    Also, who else is excited for season two of OitNB?!

    Posted by: Mikey | May 29, 2014 9:52:09 AM


    Posted by: Joe | May 29, 2014 10:02:35 AM

  12. Nice to see the bitter old queens of Towleroad out in force. If it pisses them off, it must be right.

    Posted by: Tyler | May 29, 2014 10:49:53 AM

  13. LOVE this lass! WELL MET, and thank you TIME!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 29, 2014 10:53:18 AM

  14. TIME magazine covers do not a revolution make. I've seen too many.
    They are created around a big table for perceived shock value and sales. Gays want heads to explode. That's what it's really all about for them.

    Posted by: GEB | May 29, 2014 10:58:48 AM

  15. Trans community and trans 'queer' activists are militant and homophobic! Do not trust these sharks in sheeps clothing. Look at their tweets, nothing but disrespect for gay rights

    Posted by: Junior | May 29, 2014 1:05:43 PM

  16. Trans people are the epitome of hypocrisy. They are ALL about themselves. They not only do nothing for LGB, but often they oppose gay rights and vocally.

    Posted by: Klien | May 29, 2014 1:06:52 PM

  17. I love how none of the anti-trans comments come from anyone with the spine (or orbs...) to make their comments from a place of visibility. :D coward, be thy name :)

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 29, 2014 1:14:06 PM

  18. Funny how the people who claim that trans folks as a class are homophobic and fight gay rights can never back that up with any proof. Yeah, sure, you could show some randos bitching on tumblr, but there's never anything substantive. It's almost like they made it up because they wanted to smear trans folks due to their own ingrained prejudices, or something...

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | May 29, 2014 1:44:50 PM

  19. Rick posted as me above, but didn't post anything bad so I'll allow it...this time.

    Posted by: Tyler | May 29, 2014 3:12:26 PM

  20. @ TYLER,

    nobody's thinking about Rick or his many aliases. He wishes he was built like Laverne Cox.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | May 29, 2014 3:20:44 PM

  21. You can tell from her face that she was a man. You can slather on 2 inches of make-up and slice off 8 inches of dong, but you still look like a man, Ms "Cox"

    Posted by: Dyssonance | May 29, 2014 4:17:51 PM

  22. Um, isn't this the person who is championing a killer?

    This transgender thug in Chicago gets into a fight with a woman. During the fight, the woman's father steps in on the side of his daughter. The trans thug kills the father in the street, stabbed him in the chest with scissors and left him to bleed to death. The trans thug is arrested and lies repeatedly to the police, then admits it. She is convicted and goes to prison. And this thug is being championed as a hero by Cox. What a sick bunch.

    I can't believe that Time would put someone like this on their cover. I really can't believe that any gay or lesbian person would support violent people.

    Posted by: Lynette | May 29, 2014 4:24:38 PM

  23. Wait, her name is Cox? Seriously? ROTFLMAO.

    Posted by: Frankie | May 29, 2014 4:27:35 PM

  24. "...and slice off 8 inches of dong,..."

    You don't know what the you're talking about.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | May 29, 2014 4:30:25 PM

  25. This dude must have spent like $50,000 to look like a lady. But he still has man hands and man feet. They can't do anything for that.

    Posted by: Nazreel | May 29, 2014 4:48:40 PM

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