For the first time in the history of the magazine, National Geographic has put a transgender person on their cover for a special issue on the "Gender Revolution." Gracing the front of the publication is Avery Jackson, a 9-year-old trans girl who is quoted as saying “The best thing about being a girl is, now I don’t have to pretend to be a boy."
“We wanted to look at how traditional gender roles play out all over the world, but also look into gender as a spectrum,” National Geographic’s Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg told NBC Out. “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.”
Released alongside the issue will be a 2-hour documentary featuring investigations by Katie Couric which will air on the National Geographic channel on February 6, 2017.
Maybe the kids will be alright, after all.
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