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Magazine Devotes Entire Issue to Gender

Debi Jackson, mom of transgender child Avery, posted with pride on her Facebook page that her daughter graced the cover of a major national magazine. "Who's that cover girl?" Jackson wrote. "It's Avery Jackson!!! Because #transISbeautiful !!!!!!!!" And indeed she is.

Perhaps the more surprising aspect to this story is that the national magazine in question is National Geographic. We reached out to Susan Goldberg, editor in chief, to find out more.

“The entire magazine mostly focuses on young people and how gender roles are playing out around the world. We went to eight countries and shot portraits of 9-year-olds, who talked to us in brave and honest ways about how gender influenced their lives," says Goldberg. She noted that Avery stood out "because she captured the complexity of the conversation that is going on around gender. It isn't just about the gender roles for boys and girls—it is also about our evolving understanding of the gender spectrum. We also loved the portrait of Avery—strong and proud. We thought in a glance, she summed up the concept of ‘Gender Revolution.’”

The January single-topic issue will be accompanied by a broadcast documentary, "Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric," airing Feb 6 on the National Geographic channel. The January issue is on newsstands December 27.

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