Laverne Cox Is On the Cover of TIME

Laverne Cox gave the commencement address at Hampshire College a week and a half ago; today, on her birthday, she’s (finally) on the cover of TIME:

TIME also has an interview with Cox (“It’s a struggle every day, to stay present, not to become that, you know, eight year old who was bullied and chased home from school”), and the Hampshire speech, which is very much worth your time, is embedded after the jump.

Season 2 of Orange Is The New Black rolls out June 6. Plan your weekend accordingly.