By Alex Temblador
On May 15, 2015, I wrote an article about a young girl named Avery Jackson. At seven years old, Avery was sharing her story on YouTube — her story as a trans girl and the transition she had made to become her true and authentic self.
Avery was an inspiring child and trans advocate when I wrote about her, and I was happy to come across something even more amazing about her on Facebook yesterday. In a historic move, National Geographic chose Avery to be their cover girl for the subscriber version of their January 2017 issue and I couldn’t have been more ecstatic.
Avery is now nine years old and she’s still rocking her signature pink hair on the front page of National Geographic and is quoted as saying, “The best thing about being a girl is, now I don’t have to pretend to be a boy.”
The issue will hit stands on December 27 and is known as the “Gender Revolution” issue. It will “examine the cultural, social, biological and personal aspects of gender identity.”
“We wanted to look at how traditional gender roles play out all over the world, but also look into gender as a spectrum,” Susan Goldberg, National Geographic’s Editor-in-Chief 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.”
Debi Jackson, Avery’s mother, shared the photo on Instagram and received a ton of love and support from others. She wrote, “Thank you all for the love. I’m still overwhelmed and pretty much speechless. And freaking proud! And awestruck. And thankful for the love and support.”
Congrats to Avery Jackson, her family, and the entire transgender community. This is well deserved and a great way to start out 2017, discussing identity and providing representation for the trans community across the world.