Hitting newsstands Dec. 27 and posting online Jan. 3, National Geographic’s January 2017 issue is one of the gender ages.
— Susan Goldberg (@susanbgoldberg) December 15, 2016
Subscription-issue cover girl Avery Jackson, 9, is from Kansas City. Per The Daily Mail, she was born a boy and announced she was a girl at age 4.
Earlier this year on Facebook, mom Debi, writing about Avery’s children’s book It’s Okay to Sparkle, noted that by virtue of the Jessica Udischas illustrations, it was a ‘book about being transgender, written by a transgender girl, and illustrated by a transgender woman! I think that combo is a first.’
Now Avery is part of another big media first–National Geographic’s first covers to feature transgender individuals. About the January issue, Debi on Facebook has also written:
I’m not sure what gets to me more… seeing Avery rock a major magazine cover on behalf of the beautiful trans community, or seeing my husband try to stifle his proud-daddy tears as he reads all the wonderful feedback about her.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
National Geographic Magazine Is 128 Years Old