• 9-year-old Avery Jackson was featured on the US edition of the magazine. (National Geographic)Source: National Geographic
"The best thing about being a girl is, now I don’t have to pretend to be a boy."
Stephanie Marie Anderson

16 Dec 2016 - 1:56 PM  UPDATED 16 Dec 2016 - 2:14 PM

Avery Jackson, a young transgender girl from the US, will feature on the cover of National Geographic's first 2017 issue.

On the cover, nine-year-old Jackson is quoted as saying: "The best thing about being a girl is, now I don’t have to pretend to be a boy".

The issue's theme is "Gender Revolution" and features the stories of young people who identify as transgender and gender non-conforming, and looks at the impact of friends, family and community on trans and non-binary people.

8-year-old transgender girl takes powerful stand against a hate-spewing church
Avery Jackson launched a crowdfunding effort to create a "Transgender House" next door to the controversial Westboro Baptist church and succeeded.

Jackson will feature on the subscriber edition, while the newsstand version will feature a group shot.


Although only nine years old, Jackson has been a vocal activist for transgender equality for years.

Earlier this year, she took on the Westboro Baptist Church with a successful crowdfunding campaign that allowed her to purchase a house two doors down from the church, paint it the colours of the transgender pride flag, and create a place of love and support for the trans community in Kansas.