Laverne Cox is the human embodiment of trailblazer. After launching to international acclaim with the success of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, she has since used her platform to raise awareness and fight for trans rights around the world. Her incredible #TransIsBeautiful hashtag has become an internet sensation, celebrating the everyday beauty of trans people - especially those that exist outside of the cisheteronomative ideals that persist throughout society. Speaking with former Gay Times cover star Peppermint, she addresses the violence that trans women of colour face in America, attending conversion therapy as a child, and the layers of privilege that we all have.

“I internalised so much shame because of my therapist, my mother and my teacher, and everyone trying to 'fix' me. It wasn't until I moved to New York and met real trans women that I was able to accept I was a girl – to let me stop running from it. My transition, for me, was about moving out of denial and moving into acceptance about who I am.”