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Members of Pakistan's transgender community and their supporters protest violence against transgender people, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. A Pakistani officer said police have arrested 10 members of a criminal gang who flogged a transgender person and posted the incident on social media. The arrests were made in the eastern Pakistani city of Sialkot after a video of the flogging was shared thousands of times on social media. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

A transgender girl made the cover of National Geographic for the first time


The best thing about being a girl is, now I don't have to pretend to be a boy.
Avery says on the magazine's cover

National Geographic revealed Friday that the cover of its upcoming January edition will feature Avery Jackson, a 9-year-old transgender girl from Kansas City,  according to the Washington Post.

Avery is the first transgender individual to grace the cover of the magazine in its 128-year history.  

The decision to put Avery on the cover of National Geographic's special issue dedicated to discussing gender sparked "expressions of pride and gratitude to utter fury," Susan Goldberg, National Geographic's editor-in-chief wrote in an editor's note

In the editor's note, Goldberg embedded two tweets to show the range of reactions the magazine's decision. 

One person tweeted, "National Geographic is trying to brainwash young people into thinking this kind of degeneracy is normal." 

Goldberg explained in her editor's note that Avery, who has lived as an openly transgender girl since she was 5 years old, "captured the complexity of the conversation around gender." 

"Today, we're not only talking about gender roles for boys and girls we're talking about our evolving understanding of people on the gender spectrum," Goldberg wrote. 

The January issue focuses "mostly on young people and how gender roles play out around the world," Goldberg noted. 

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