This is absolutely brilliant. Orange is the New Black actress Laverne Cox is featured on the cover of the June 9 issue of TIME. Cox apparently has made history as the first trans woman to cover the iconic publication.
The actress and trans activist says this 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 [lo]nger 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
The cover article is "The Transgender Tipping Point: America's Next Civil Rights Frontier" reported by Katie Steinmetz.. Unfortunately it is behind a paywall but the preview can be seen HERE.
Cox soared to the top of a TIME 100 reader poll in April. The OITNB actress eventually did not make the TIME 100 and many complaints were raised. It's great to see that the editors had bigger and better plans for the actress.
Watch a behind-the-scenes video of the making of the cover feature AFTER THE JUMP ...