Trans people are in the news in a good way.
National Geographic Makes History With Transgender Cover GirlThen on Netflix…
The stunning issue coincides with a new documentary.
Huffington Post Queer Voices
By Curtis M. Wong
December 15, 2016
In what’s 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 subscriber’s edition of the magazine, which can be found below. “The best thing about being a girl is, now I don’t have to pretend to be a boy,” Jackson says in a caption accompanying the cover image, shot by Robin Hammond.
The “Gender Revolution” issue, which hits newsstands nationwide on Dec. 27, examines the “cultural, social, biological and personal” aspects of gender identity, according to a press release. Features include “Dangerous Lives of Girls,” which follows the lives of young women in Sierra Leone, and “Rethinking Gender,” which examines how science can help “navigate the shifting landscape of gender identity.”
Netflix To Release Documentary ‘Growing Up Coy’ About Six Year-Old Who Began National Transgender Bathroom DebateDeadline HollywoodAnd here is the trailer for the movie,
By Anita Busch
December 15, 2016
EXCLUSIVE: Netflix will release the documentary, Growing Up Coy about the transgender six-year-old whose family fought for her right to use the girls’ bathroom in a landmark civil rights case that prompted a nationwide debate. Directed by Eric Juhola, the film will be released on January 6 via the streaming service.
“The film will be in 190 countries now, and I don’t think there’s any other distributor that could get it in front of that many eyes on the same day,” Juhola told Deadline. “We’re very excited. The whole point of making this film was to try to make a difference in trans rights and trans youth rights. One of the ways to do that is for people to actually see the film and get an understanding of the transgender experience.”
The film follows the case of little Coy Mathis who started transitioning from male to female in kindergarten with the support of his family and teachers after it was clear that he felt he was a girl. Coy was also allowed to use the girls’ bathroom at the Colorado elementary school until an administrator stepped in and put a stop to it. That prompted the Mathis family to sue the school for a civil rights violation in 2013. The case made national news, prompted The New York Times to cover the story on its front page and then went viral internationally.