Lots of people are talking about avery jackson, a nine-year-old girl from kansas city who is the first transgender person to appear on the cover of national geographic. About national geographic national geographic is the worlds premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. National geographic magazine, known for its iconic covers, is sparking debate on gender with its latest issue. Avery jackson, 9, is the first transgender individual to grace the cover of the 128. In whats being touted as a first for the magazine, national geographic will kick off 2017 by featuring a transgender person on its cover. A stunning photo of 9-year-old avery jackson will appear on the subscribers edition of the magazine, which can be found below. However, some children identify as transgender continuously from early childhood until puberty. Discussion of the national geographic magazine on gender continues in the next essay references used the following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The january 2017 cover of national geographics issue on gender, which will also be examined in an accompanying broadcast documentary, gender revolution, a journey with katie couric, airing. in 1985, an afghan girl with piercing green eyes stared into the worlds soul from the cover of national geographic in an iconic and mesmerizing photo. In the operating room with her was national geographic photographer lynn johnson. It had been a year and a half since emmie had first come out as a transgender woman on facebook.