1. This week Time released its annual list of the year’s “100 most influential people.”
Beyonce, Rand Paul, and Carl Icahn were among this year’s honorees.
2. Absent from this year’s list was transgender activist and actress Laverne Cox, who was the fifth highest vote getter in Time’s online poll.
3. Although Time said that its editors would have the final say on who makes the list, it also said that the magazine wants “readers to have a say too.”
8. John Green, the popular author and one of Time’s chosen people, chimed in on Tumblr and answered a question from a follower with this response:
Laverne Cox is the most visible trans person of color in the world and she has helped millions of people to learn about trans people and the discrimination they face. I think Laverne Cox is one of the most important and influential people in the world and should’ve been included in the TIME 100.