National Geographic to Feature First Transgender Person On Cover

According to Refinery29, less than one percent of magazine covers in 2016 featured transgender models.

Thankfully, representation is progressively increasing as other magazines like Vanity Fair, TIME, and Harper's Bazaar have recently featured transgender cover stars for the first time.

National Geographic will soon join those publications as the January 2017 issue features Avery Jackson, a 9-year-old transgender rights advocate.

The issue, Gender Revolution, is out now for subscribers. National Geographic is also releasing a correlating documentary about trans issues.

Jackson's mother, Debi Jackson, tweeted her daughters' history-making cover with excitement. "My daughter is a girl in her heart. She knows it, God knows it, and that's good enough for me," Jackson said.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of National Geographic