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On December 16th 2016, National Geographic revealed that their upcoming issue would focus on gender issues to reflect the rapidly shifting attitudes toward gender we are currently seeing around the world.

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The issue had two covers. One featuring Avery Jackson, a 9 year-old transgender girl from Kansas City and another featuring a diverse group of young people, each with a label displaying their gender identity.

This second cover featured an obvious mistake. They had identified both Transgender females as “Transgender Female” but had referred to the Cis male only as “Male”.

This omission reinforces the idea that being cis is the default, while trans individuals require a qualifying prefix. It should be said however, that this mistake was made without wilful malice by a publication attempting to spread awareness and tolerance. …

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Alexa Ephemera

LGBTQ+ Rights Activist and Anti-Racist Feminist

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