Laverne Cox Graces the Cover of Time’s Transgender Cover Story
May 30, 2014 Leave a comment
Laverne Cox made history when she graced the June cover of Time magazine – as a transgender women. Cox stood next to the words: “The Transgender Tipping Point: America’s next civil rights frontier.”
Cox has become well known recently, thanks to Orange is the New Black and a famous interview with Katie Couric. She has emerged as one of the most well-known transgender faces in hollywood. Cox speaks about the bullying and phobia surrounding transgender people.
“What a wonderful bday present!” Cox wrote on her Facebook. “I realize this is way bigger than me and about a tipping point in our nation’s history where it is no longer 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.”
The cover story was written by Katy Steinmetz, and examines how a growing awareness of trans people is shaping the way we define gender. It also addresses the issues that activists are fighting for and talks about other well-known trans Americans such as the “first transgender homecoming queen.”
Last month, Cox was left off of the Time 100 list, despite having some of the highest votes in the online polls. This backlash lead to the hashtag #whereislavernecox. “Laverne Cox’s absence on the list reflects our society’s failure to acknowledge the accomplishments and efforts of transgender women and transgender women of color in general,” Kat Hache wrote at The Daily Dot.
Time didn’t address this criticism, however, it was probably a huge factor in choosing Laverne Cox for their cover story about transgender rights. Time says that the story has been in the works for months.
Time didn’t comment on those criticisms at the time, but it likely played a role in their decision to feature Cox for their cover story about transgender rights. (Time says the story was in the works for months.)