By James Esseks
The big LGBT-news that the mainstream media is buzzing about this week is that transgender actress Laverne Cox became the first transgender person to grace the cover of TIME magazine.
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Her recognition and the accompanying cover story, "The Transgender Tipping Point," are terrific moments for the transgender movement. In the TIME interview Cox says, "there's not just one trans story. There's not just one trans experience…"
She's right. And this week there is not just one major moment for trans rights.
The ACLU and our partners have just secured a landmark ruling from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) striking down Medicare's blanket ban on coverage for gender confirmation surgeries. This takes us one big step closer to our ultimate goal: a general recognition in America that transition-related care is basic health care for transgender people that no one should be denied.