For the First time in the long history of the National Geographic magazine, a trans person will be featured on the cover.
The January 2017 issue, to be released on December 27th, will exclusively report on the gender phenomenon, featuring the nine year old transgender girl who appears on the cover, according to Fusion.
Avery Jackson is a transgender activist who became famous in 2015 when she began documenting her transition with “Avery Chats.”
Jackson created a series of YouTube videos describing how she came to understand her identity at such a young age and eventually came out to her parents as trans.
The National Geographic cover will not only feature Jackson but it will display the quote from Jackson that has been her theme since she began her crusade.
“The best thing about being a girl is, now I don’t have to pretend to be a boy.”
National Geographic also produced an accompanying documentary hosted by Katie Curic and set to air in February.
Susan Goldberg, the National Geographic Editor in Chief, said that,”both the upcoming issue of the magazine and the documentary are an attempt to tell the stories of transgender people that might not necessarily get widespread coverage otherwise. We wanted to look at how traditional gender roles play out all over the world, but also look into gender as a spectrum. There’s lots of coverage on celebrities, but there wasn’t an understanding on real people and the issues we face every day in classrooms or workplaces in regards to gender.”
— National Geographic (@NatGeo) December 16, 2016
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