Ellen Degeneres Congratulates the First Transgender to Be on Cover of Time
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Ellen Degeneres Congratulates the First Transgender to Be on Cover of Time

 
 
May 30, 2014 Ellen Degeneres, Journey
 

Ellen Degeneres tweeted a congratulatory message to Lavern Cox, who became the first transgender to appear on the cover of Time Magazine, "@LaverneCox is the first transgender person to appear on the cover of Time magazine. It's about Time."

Cox candidly speaks about her courageous journey and her fight for transgender rights.

"There's not just one trans story," Cox, who was born physically male, tells the mag. "There's not just one trans experience. And I think what [people] 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."

"Up until that point I just thought that I was a girl and that there was no difference between girls and boys," she admits. "I think in my imagination I thought that I would hit puberty and I would start turning into a girl."

"I think there are more media representations that young trans people can look to and say, that's me, in an affirming way," she says. "There's just so many resources out there now that it makes you feel like you're less alone and gives some sort of sense of, ‘Okay, this is who I am and this is what I'm going through,' as opposed to being, ‘What the f--k is wrong with me?' That was what I grew up with."

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