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Orange is the New Black's Laverne Cox Covers Time's Transgender Tipping Point Issue

Orange is the New Black's Laverne Cox Covers Time's Transgender Tipping Point Issue

Laverne Cox takes the cover of Time‘s Transgender Tipping Point magazine issue.

“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” the Orange is the New Black actress wrote on her Facebook.

Here’s what she had to share:

On when she first began feeling like she might be transgendered: “I tell this story about third grade. My third grade teacher called my mom and said ‘Your son is going to end up in New Orleans wearing a dress.’ Up until that point I just thought that I was a girl and that there was no difference between girls and boys. I think in my imagination I thought that I would hit puberty and I would start turning into a girl.”

On what she’d like people to understand: “There’s not just one trans story. There’s not just one trans experience. And I think what they need to understand is that not everybody who is born feels that their gender identity is in alignment with what they’re assigned at birth, based on their genitalia. If someone needs to express their gender in a way that is different, that is okay, and they should not be denied healthcare. They should not be bullied. They don’t deserve to be victims of violence. … That’s what people need to understand, that it’s okay and that if you are uncomfortable with it, then you need to look at yourself.”

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# 1

Orange Is The New Black is such a good show and it makes me happy that Time Magazine is bringing back cover stories that matter (the last one was sexual assault on college campuses and now it is transgender acceptance and rights, etc. I’m so proud of you Laverne!

# 2

Sorry but I just can’t put my head around how changing your body to emulate what society says is how you should look in that role is liberating. There are lots of women, who are women, that don’t look like this.

# 3

@Yep: She didn’t change because that’s what society told her she should look like, she changed because that’s what she wanted to look like.

# 4

@D: I agree it is a choice.

# 5
Boomshakalaka-laka @ 05/29/2014 at 7:35 pm

What a shame: one of the few times a black “woman” makes the cover of a mainstream mag turns out to be a he. :-(

# 6

Deliver me from all harm!Amen!

# 7

@Boomshakalaka-laka: She’s a she. Way to miss the point.

# 8

@Yep: Nobody said it was a choice. You’ve put lies into D’s mouth.

# 9


Stop advancing the delusion. Roderick Leverne Cox IS A MAN.

Yes, it’s a shame that a man pretending to be a woman got a times cover. What is so revolucionary about putting on a dress and mocking the opposite sex? what a disgrace.

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