National Geographic Launches Special On Gender Revolution

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Gender equality, gender fluidity. Discussion on gender has never been louder and more pervasive than it is now, thanks to shifting cultural attitudes and social media as a platform for debate. In response to this phenomenon, National Geographic has launched a two-hour special called Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric. The premiere took place in New York last Thursday. It accompanies the magazine’s January issue and provides an up-to-date picture of ideas and attitudes towards gender issues.

The program takes a multidisciplinary approach to the conversation of gender and also presents real-life case studies like that of Gavin Grimm, a high school senior and transgender male featured in the film. Gavin’s story made headlines when his school said he couldn’t use the boys’ bathroom despite identifying as a boy. It sparked a national debate and will now be heard by the Supreme Court in the spring.

The New York premiere was followed by a discussion with a panel that included Hari Nef, the first openly transgender woman to sign a global modeling contract, and Georgiann Davis, professor of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, besides other doctors and experts. Susan Goldberg, editor-in-chief of National Geographic, moderated the panel.

“I thought there was so much important information behind the headlines, the tweets, the articles—and I wanted to take a step back to see if it all indicated a shift in our thinking and really roll up my sleeves to connect the dots,” Couric said at last week’s premiere.

The film premiered on Monday (February 6) and will air around the world in 171 countries and 45 languages. To increase access to the film, National Geographic will screen Gender Revolution for free, in partnership with Picture Motion, at high schools, colleges, and nonprofits around the country.

The trailer can be watched here.

Image: Still from the preview video.