A transgender girl just made history on the cover of this legendary magazine

National Geographic is kicking off 2017 with a bang.

On December 27th, the magazine will release its January 2017 issue, which features 9-year-old Avery Jackson on the cover – the first transgender person ever to be on the cover of the magazine.

The “Gender Revolution” issue will examine aspects of gender and gender identity around the world.

“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.

Although she’s only nine, Avery and her parents, Tom and Debi, have already been activists for a while. In 2015, Debi uploaded a moving video of Avery sharing the story of her transition. Debi also gave a speech about her daughter’s transition that gained a lot of attention on YouTube. In an essay for the New York Times, Tom wrote:

“I love my daughter for who she is without preconditions, and I promise to help nurture her into becoming a happy, healthy, and productive member of society. After all, isn’t that our job as parents?


Following the release of the magazine, National Geographic will broadcast a two-hour documentary called “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric.” The documentary airs on February 6th.

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