The second I heard about this, I knew that I absolutely had to have a copy. Custom framed, preferably signed by Laverne Cox, prominently displayed on my wall. I imagine myself still having it in my elder years, explaining to youngins what this represented to me as a young transgender person in 2014.
As Kat Hache put it:
It is validation not only of Laverne Cox’s work, but the work of the entire transgender community. It is a visible, tangible representation of our existence.It’s a really, really big deal.
After not stumbling upon a copy by mid-June, a friend and I started really digging around for it. Baffled, we couldn’t find a single copy anywhere. After finally landing ourselves at a Barnes n Noble, an employee explained that their magazine stock was limited due to a major magazine distributor in the east coast shutting down earlier this month.
Ah, so that explained it.
Immediately, I asked my parents to find me a copy in Utah. They also had no luck, but my mom recalled seeing a copy at her dentist’s office.
Low and behold, TIME Magazine is a weekly magazine - not monthly. By the time we'd started looking for it, TIME was on to another issue. Ugh! Embarrassing!
But guess what my mom just texted me a picture of?
My own very copy, straight from the dentist!