NEW YORK — Actress Laverne Cox has become the first transgender person to appear on the cover of Time magazine.
Cox, who plays Sophia Burset in “Orange is the New Black,” is featured on the cover of the publication’s June 9 issue next to the headline “The Transgender Tipping Point” for Katy Steinmetz’s article on the trans rights movement as “America’s next civil rights frontier.”
“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,” wrote Cox on her Facebook page. “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.”
Cox delivered the keynote address at the annual Equality Virginia Commonwealth Dinner in April. She also spoke at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change conference that took place in Houston in April.
GLAAD and other LGBT rights advocates sharply criticized the Chicago Sun-Times for posting to its website an op-ed written by Kevin D. Williamson of the National Review that claimed Cox is not a woman. The newspaper on June 3 removed it.