Meet Avery Jackson, 9, the first transgender individual to grace the cover of the 128-year-old magazine, which is rolling out to subscribers this week in a special edition devoted solely to gender issues around the globe.Avery never intended to be a trailblazer for gender identity, a topic that is front and center in a rapid-fire evolution of how people define themselves.It is playing out in our education system, legal system, the military.Everywhere you look there is this conversation."An accompanying broadcast documentary, "Gender Revolution, A Journey with Katie Couric," will air Feb. What started out as a story about girl empowerment a year ago soon took flight in a deeper direction.She was born with a vagina, internal and undescended testes and XY chromosomes. Her parents and doctors decided to keep Davis in the dark and concoct a cover story: “They told me I had early onset cancer of ovaries and would need surgery before I turned 18,” she said.At 13, she was blissfully playing outside when she felt abdominal pains. The “cancer” surgery at 17 — which forced Davis into early menopause as a teen — really removed her testes. I was lied to.”Davis, who initially threw her records out, said it took about seven more years for her to share her story and feel comfortable as someone who is intersex, a term used for those who have a combination of male and female sex traits.“The experience of intersex individuals makes it so clear that gender identity is biological,” endocrinologist Josh Safer said.Today Emmie says, “When we were 12, I didn’t feel like a boy, but I didn’t know it was possible to be a girl.” At 17 Emmie came out as transgender, and recently she underwent gender-confirmation surgery.
Two weeks before this photo was taken, his breasts were removed."We are just trying to put a face to a word that people don’t understand."Georgiann Davis, 36, also has powerful insight into gender identity, one delivered in a gut-kicking revelation.Davis, whose story is told in the magazine, was born with an intersex trait known as CAIS (complete androgyn insensitivity syndrome) that wasn’t identified until her adolescence."By putting myself more out there, people will be able to know that I am transgender and proud and learn more about transgender issues."decided to devote its January issue to the “gender revolution,” said Susan Goldberg, the magazine's editor in chief."It seems that the discussion about gender is really at the center of our national conversation.