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On the cover : Transgender, Laverne Cox on TIME Magazine

published on Friday, 30 May 2014

Black actress, Laverne Cox is TIME Magazine's 1st Transgender cover star.

The actress is featured under the headline "The Transgender Tipping Point". She spoke on issues concerning the transgender population, explained how transgender people are often misunderstood."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 OK, 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."Cox also revealed in the latest edition, that she attempted to commit suicide at the tender age of 11 after she was bullied in school."I learned in church that [being gay] was a sin". "I just imagined that I was disappointing [my grandmother in heaven] and it just was devastating for me. So I went to the medicine cabinet and got a bottle of pills. And took them. And swallowed them. And went to sleep, hoping not to wake up. And I did wake up, with a really bad stomachache. I don't remember what the pills were. Whatever it was, I thought that they would kill me but they didn't."

She tweeted and referred to her TIME cover as wonderful birthday present and stated she could not be prouder to be considered a public leader for the transgender movement.