Transgender Actress Laverne Cox Makes TIME Cover: ‘This Is Who I Am’

Transgender actress and LGBT advocate Laverne Cox appeared on the cover of this week’s TIME Magazine alongside the headline “The Transgender Tipping Point.” The Orange Is the New Black star spoke to TIME about the movement’s growing ownership of its narrative, what the world still needs to learn about trans people, and the role of the internet and social media in easing the isolation of transgender teens.

“There’s not just one trans story,” Cox said. “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.”

“We are in a place now where more and more trans people want to come forward and say ‘This is who I am,’” she continued. “And more trans people are willing to tell their stories. More of us are living visibly and pursuing our dreams visibly, so people can say, ‘Oh yeah, I know someone who is trans.’ When people have points of reference that are humanizing, that demystifies difference.”

Watch a video on the photo shoot below, via TIME:

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