National Geographic Makes History With Transgender Cover Girl

In what’s being touted as a first for the publication, National Geographic will kick off 2017 by featuring a transgender being on its extend.

A dazing photo of 9-year-old Avery Jackson will appear on the subscriber’s edition of the periodical, which can be found below. “The excellent circumstance about being a girl is , now I don’t have to pretend to be a son, ” Jackson replies in a caption accompanying the cros portrait, shot by Robin Hammond.

Robin Hammond/ National Geographic
Avery Jackson, 9, reports the subscriber’s copy of National Geographic’s “Gender Revolution” issue in January.

The “Gender Revolution” issue, which stumbles newsstands nationwide on Dec. 27, tests the “cultural, social, biological and personal” aspects of gender identity, according to a press release. Features include “Dangerous Lives of Girls, ” which follows the lives of young women in Sierra Leone, and “Rethinking Gender, ” which examines how discipline can help “navigate the shifting countryside of gender identity.”

National Geographic’s Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg told NBC Out that the magazine’s staff was inspired by gender’s omnipresence in “the member states national” gossip in creating the issue.

“We wanted to look at how traditional gender personas play out all over “the worlds”, but too conducted an investigation into gender as a spectrum, ” Goldberg told. “There’s lots of coverage on personalities, but there wasn’t an agreement regarding real beings and the issues we face every day in classrooms or workplaces in regards to gender.”

The issue meets simply ahead of the secrete of a two-hour film, “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric, ” which will envelop “everything you wanted to know about gender but were afraid to ask, ” according to Couric. That programme will debut on National Geographic on Feb. 6.

Given the challenges facing the LGBTQ community in the years ahead, the timing of this issue couldn’t feeling more appropriate. Bravo, NatGeo!

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