Andrea James


This Documentary Proves We Should Listen To Children Not Legislators When It Comes To Trans Rights


Storytelling has the ability to not only educate and even entertain, but also to build empathy and bridge the gaps of human experience. National Geographic’s new documentary, Gender Revolution: A Journey With Katie Couric, which premiered on Monday, is fully aware of this power. To its credit, Gender Revolution leans heavily on firsthand accounts in order to educate and galvanize the public about the LGBTQ movement, and especially the latest battles over transgender rights in America.

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‘Gender Revolution’ is all about trans people, but it’s made for a cis audience

This program is titled, “Gender Revolution,” and I don’t think you will find a more detailed exploration of intersex, gender non-conforming/non-binary and, yes, trans Americans than in the 88 minute documentary produced by National Geographic in conjunction with Couric’s team and World of Wonder productions. You might say I am biased because I got to see this before most of you did.

[…] And to those who argue or complain that the producers did not recruit openly trans people to work on the editorial or production teams, there is this: one transgender woman has stepped forward to identify herself as a consulting producer on the show. Andrea James is a transgender pioneer who grew up in Indiana, transitioned 20 years ago, and has written, directed, produced and advised several Hollywood productions. She is also an activist and achieved fame with a controversial “how to” video guide to passing and living “deep stealth.” But with the exception of James, this production, unlike “Her Story” and “Transparent,” was most definitely not something made by us.

But it bears repeating: it’s also true that this film was not made for us.

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Formal complaint filed against BBC's #Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best?


Sam Bagnall produced the 2017 BBC2 special Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best?

Today, UK-based charity Trans Media Watch filed a detailed complaint demonstrating the quantifiable bias evident in Bagnall’s special.

Prior to its airing, the special was the subject of widespread complaints by medical experts and activists who expressed concern about presenting ideas and practices affecting transgender children that were “no longer considered ethical.” The show prominently featured disgraced Toronto researcher Kenneth Zucker. In 2016, Zucker was fired and had his clinic shut down after a review. In 2015, Ontario passed legislation making Zucker’s anti-transgender reparative therapy illegal.

As with many biased journalists who paint Zucker as a martyr of “political correctness” or “anti-science” activists, Bagnall gave substantially more time to cover Zucker’s beliefs despite the appearance of being balanced to a lay audience.

Bagnall gave Zucker and his allies twice as much airtime in the piece for negative views, with all of that additional time in the second half. Via Trans Media Watch:

An analysis of the time in the programme allotted to each group (except filler) has revealed the following:

  • Total time given to “positive specialists” 9 mins 21 secs
  • Total time given to “positive experiences” 6 mins 41 secs
  • Total time given to “negative specialists” 14 mins 32 secs
  • Total time given to “negative experiences” 16 mins 21 secs

The full complaint can be downloaded here:

Much more to come on this matter.



‘I Think I Made a Mistake’: Katie Couric On Her Transgender Evolution



02.04.17 9:15 PM ET

Today, Couric is still learning about transgender people and telling their stories. And as Gender Revolution proves, she hasn’t made many mistakes more than once.

The two-hour National Geographic documentary—premiering Monday night—is a compassionate, incisive, and informed introduction to the exploding conversation around gender and identity. It covers everything from the nascent science behind gender dysphoria to the treatment of transgender children to the continuing impact of North Carolina’s “bathroom bill.”

New Katie Couric documentary explains transgender identities in compelling detail


On Monday night, the National Geographic Channel will premiere Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric. A companion piece to National Geographic Magazine’s recent “Gender Revolution” issue, which featured a transgender girl on the cover, the new documentary follow Couric across the states as she unpacks all the complexities of gender.

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Towards a Gender Neutral Future in This Bonus Clip from Nat Geo's Gender Revolution


As part of their exploration, Nat Geo partnered with Katie Couric for a special documentary airing tonight. Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric is an incredibly accessible intro to the concept of gender and the gender spectrum, as Couric travels across America to meet and learn from trans, intersex and gender nonconforming people from all walks of life. Think of it like your “Gender and Sexuality” class from freshman year of college condensed into a neat 90 minutes or so.

In a bonus clip from Gender Revolution, Couric shares the story of the Los Angeles Unified School District and how it presaged the Obama Administration’s directives in supporting transgender students by a decade.

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How Katie Couric Turned a TV Blunder Into a ‘Groundbreaking’ Trans Documentary


Couric said she decided to “step back” and try to look at the “big picture.” Her two-hour National Geographic documentary explores everything from the difficulties facing the transgender community to places where social acceptance is growing.

Reviews, so far, are as good as they come. The Daily Beast called the film “compassionate” and  “incisive.” Canada’s Global News proclaimed “Couric’s gender journey is one we should all take.” And the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy group, announced it’s honoring Couric for her “groundbreaking work” later this year.

“I wanted to be a proxy for people who are interested in the subject but wanted to be better educated about it,” Couric said. “And that included me.”

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How Katie Couric Turned a TV Blunder Into a ‘Groundbreaking’ Trans Documentary

Katie Couric Advocates for Kindness Towards Transgender People: ‘They’re Really No Different Than You Are’



Katie Couric wants the world to give transgender people the respect they deserve.

In her new documentary, Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric, the newscaster traveled the country to talk with people who express complex gender identities.

Couric, 60, stopped by People Now to talk about some of the challenges transgender people face.


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Katie Couric Wants to Teach You About Gender Identity

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11:  Journalist Katie Couric attends the AOL Build, Makers and Sony Celebrate Women Creators Panel at Paley Center For Media on July 11, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for AOL)


At the beginning of Gender Revolution, Katie Couric‘s new documentary for National Geographic, she says: “It used to be so simple: You were a boy, or you were a girl … but that was then, and this is now.” Immediately, a scene from Amazon’s Transparent flashes across the screen. Jill Soloway’s critically-acclaimed series is just one example of how gender has dominated the cultural conversation in recent years.

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With 'Gender Revolution,' Katie Couric Explores a Fast-Changing Issue


“Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric,” airs at 9 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Central on the National Geographic Channel. Couric and her producers invested a lot of time and money, no doubt, to travel the country and even overseas to explore gender-identity issues that go beyond the transgender discussion.

“Some people watching this might say, ‘What the heck is going on here?'” Couric says during the two-hour special as she sits down with several students at Yale University. “Why are we suddenly seeing huge changes in the way the public looks at this?”

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