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Laverne Cox Makes Cosmopolitan History

Laverne Cox becomes the first transgender woman to appear on magazine’s cover.

Trans actress and activist Laverne Cox has made history by becoming the first transgender woman to appear on the cover of Cosmopolitan, the women’s lifestyle magazine.

For Cosmopolitan South Africa’s February issue, Cox fronts a special #SayYesToLove issue which is primarily focused on LGBTQ stories and issues. The masthead has even had a splash of colour for the momentous edition too, as it’s been given the rainbow treatment.

Holly Meadows, the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan South Africa, said that for this issue the magazine wanted to “disrupt heteronormative ideas around February and Valentine’s Day”. She added that “Our goal was to play a small part in providing visibility for the LGBTQI+ community, of which Laverne has become a revolutionary icon.”

In her interview for the magazine, Cox talks about her proudest moments in her career so far and the ongoing battle for acceptance in show-business. When talking of a previous relationship, she said:

As a black transgender woman, I’ve often been kept a secret by the men that I’ve dated, so when my ex-boyfriend introduced me to his dad and invited me to spend Hanukkah with him and his family, it was the most special thing ever.

Trans women deserve to be loved out in the open and in the light.

Laverne will be seen on our screens in Freak Show, the movie adaptation of James St. James’ novel of the same name, alongside Bette Midler and Abigail Breslin.

Written by QWEERIST editor

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