For its January 2017 issue, National Geographic has put on its cover 9-year old Avery Jackson, a transgender girl believed to be the first in the publications covers for more than a hundred years. The special issue aptly titled “Gender” examines gender in-depth including identity, sexuality, adolescence and even the revolutionary concepts that are breaking traditional perspectives of gender.
Avery has been a transgender since she was four, with support from her mother, Debi, a staunch advocate of transgender equality. The cover also features a quote from Avery herself which reads, “The best thing about being a girl is, now I don’t have to pretend to be a boy.”
What do you think of Nat Geo’s cover?