'National Geographic' Just Debuted Their First Trans Cover Star

Trans representation is vital as we enter 2017.

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It's always important to give a platform to marginalized groups, but as we enter 2017, representation will be more vital than ever (cough, Trump presidency, cough). Which is why it's so refreshing to see National Geographic begin the new year with an issue on gender (aptly called "Gender Revolution")—featuring transgender teen Avery Jackson on the cover.

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As the above caption notes, this issue focuses on LGBTQ stories—including that of Jackson who's quoted as saying, "The best thing about being a girl is, now I don't have to pretend to be a boy."

Jackson lives in Kansas with her parents, and is an outspoken advocate of trans issues. Watch the video below to hear the story of how she came out to her family:

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Mehera Bonner
Entertainment Editor

Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.