History has been made as 9-year-old Avery Jackson is the first transgender girl to be on the cover of National Geographic, a magazine that is 128-years-old.
For the January 2017 issue, National Geographic wanted to devote the contents entirely to the “gender revolution”. Susan Goldberg, editor in chief, said that gender is currently the center of the conversations surrounding issues today. After talking about so many topics in the past, they felt it was time to talk about being transgender and showcasing transgender people.
Jackson hopes that by putting herself out there, the public will learn more about being transgender, as well as the issues many trans people face.
Jackson has been publicly out as a transgender girl since 2012, when she was 5-years-old. Her mother, Debi, said that she was very depressed at ages 3 and 4, and often talked about death. She was depressed and didn’t enjoy going to school. In 2015, she made a coming out video on YouTube that has over 250,000 views.