There have been many positive milestones for the LGBTQ community gaining greater visibility in the media, including the German edition of Men's Health featuring its first transgender man on its April cover and transgender teen Jazz Jennings writing an op-ed in Cosmopolitan about bathroom laws. Now, we have another one to add to the list: Women's Running magazine has recently announced its first transgender woman cover star, Amelia Gapin.
In her July 2016 cover interview, Amelia discussed the importance of being seen for who she is, "Being a transgender woman on the cover of a magazine dedicated to women says people like me are not just being seen, but being seen for who we are. It's a feeling of acceptance, inclusivity and being welcomed.
Gapin's cover comes at an even more important time given the recent tragedy in Orlando. Gapin took to Twitter to speak out about the timing:
Gapin's cover would have still been a major milestone for greater trans visibility, but after the violence in Orlando, it is even more poignant. Gapin's cover and wise words remind us that it is important that everyone from all walks of life are both seen and heard, and that they are treated the same as everyone else.
Gapin's July 2016 cover will hit newsstands on June 14. Check out Women's Running to read more of her interview.
A Plus has reached out to Gapin for comment.