Andrea James


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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Katie Couric talks to transgender teen in moving Gender Revolution clip


National Geographic Channel’s Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric airs Monday night and EW has an exclusive sneak peek that may just have you reaching for some more.

Meet Gavin Grimm, a transgender teen from Gloucester High School in Virginia who spoke before his school board regarding his right to use the men’s room.

Katie Couric talks to transgender teen in moving ‘Gender Revolution’ clip


Katie Couric's Advice on Not Feeling Powerless Is *Exactly* What You Need to Hear Right Now


Tonight, National Geographic will air a documentary about the gender revolution taking place in America—which completely makes sense under an Obama administration. Under the current Trump administration, it might feel a little like a progressive last hurrah—especially since the rights the LGBTQ community and allies fought so hard for feel somewhat tenuousdue to that leaked executive order draft. The White House issued a statement saying LGBTQ people will—at the very least—not face workplace discrimination, but things are tense and scary, and yes, many people feel powerless.

With this at the back of our minds, MarieClaire spoke to Gender Revolution’s Katie Couric about finding our voices, the LGBTQ community’s future under Trump, and society’s obsession with the gender binary.

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‘Gender Revolution’: New Film Explores Evolving Concept of Gender


The new National Geographic documentary “Gender Revolution” takes viewers across the U.S. and to other parts of the world to explore the evolving concept of gender. Former TODAY anchor Katie Couric narrates the film and provides the audience with a newcomer’s lens to the complex — and at times polarizing — topic.

Get National Geographic's GENDER REVOLUTION teaching guide


National Geographic has released a teaching guide for their issue and special on gender. From National Geographic magazine Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg:

At National Geographic, we have a nearly 130-year history of bringing stories about cultures and science to the forefront. The evolution of our societal thinking about gender—as well as newly revealed complexities about the science of gender— is no exception. The story of gender plays out all around us. More and more, celebrities are shining a spotlight on the subject. But more quietly, our children, parents, teachers, medical professionals, and officials every day confront an array of issues with gender at the center. Everywhere we looked, in the U.S. and around the globe, individuals and organizations are fighting to redefine traditional gender roles, whether it is girls in war-torn Sierra Leone rejecting the cultural norm of female genital mutilation and child marriage, men in Sweden making use of extended paternal leave after having a child, or people who reject binary, boy–girl labels and find their true identity elsewhere on a gender spectrum. This is why we’re devoting the January issue of National Geographic magazine entirely to an exploration of gender issues—in science, social systems, and civilizations—and why we decided to feature a transgender person for the first time on the cover of our magazine: nine-year-old Avery Jackson.

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51%: Women and the Future of Politics


I’m honored to be quoted in 51%: Women and the Future of Politics.


I’m quoted at the start of Chapter 11:

To understand how women are systematically denied power, we must start by examining who is creating and policing the boundaries for who gets included as a woman. As long as US policy and social customs are organized around these boundaries, a segregationist mindset will permeate so pervasively that the iniquities it brings about for women will seem “natural” without closer examination.

– Andrea James, American writer, film producer and director, and LGBT rights activist

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