On TIME’s cover this week is an unlikely icon: Laverne Cox. Bullied and harassed for appearing feminine while growing up in Mobile, Ala., Cox eventually came out as transgender while living in New York City and took up acting. Now a star on the Netflix drama Orange Is the New Black, she has emerged as a public leader of the trans movement, using her increasingly prominent perch to make the case for equal rights and touring the country giving a stump speech titled « Ain’t I A Woman? » When Cox says it, that refrain is not a question.

PEOPLE: Laverne Cox Talks Season 2 of Orange is the New Black.

Cox spoke with TIME for this week’s cover story, « The Transgender Tipping Point. » Below is a behind-the-scenes video of the cover shoot at her home in New York, and an edited transcript of an interview conducted May 8 in Palo…

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