National Geographic and Katie Couric Chronicle the GENDER REVOLUTION with Moving Human Stories in Two-Hour Documentary

Two-Hour Documentary Hosted and Executive Produced by Couric to
Premiere Feb. 6 at 9/8c Timed to National Geographic Magazine January
Single-Topic Issue Exploring Gender Issues Around the Globe

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–It used to appear so simple for many of us: you were a boy or you were a
girl. Girls wore pink, and boys wore blue; girls played with dolls, and
boys played with trucks. Yet around the globe, these traditional notions
of gender are changing rapidly, and labels are no longer so clear cut.
National Geographic sets out to explore this evolving concept of gender
through the lens of science, society and culture in the groundbreaking
, premiering Monday, Feb. 6, at 9/8c. Produced by Katie Couric
Media with National Geographic Studios and World of Wonder Productions,
the special will also air on National Geographic around the globe in 171
countries and in 45 languages.

GENDER REVOLUTION will explore the complexities of gender in
everyday life, from the moment we are born through our twilight years.
To better understand this complex social and scientific issue, Couric
crisscrossed the U.S. to talk with scientists, psychologists, activists,
authors and families to learn more about the role of genetics, brain
chemistry and modern culture on gender fluidity. With conversations that
range from the scientifically enlightening to the deeply personal,
Couric’s unflinching search for truth sheds light on countless untold
stories of struggle, understanding, ignorance, hurt and love.

“It’s hard to avoid hearing about some aspect of gender these days.
Every time you check your phone, turn on the TV or scan Twitter, there’s
another story that’s challenging our preconceived notions of what gender
is, how it’s determined and the impact these new definitions are having
on society,” said Couric. “I set out on a journey to try to educate
myself about a topic that young people are living with so effortlessly —
and get to know the real people behind the headlines. Because the first
step to inclusiveness and tolerance is understanding.”

Among those Couric meets on her journey are the following:

  • Georgiann Davis, an activist who explores how intersex traits are
    defined, experienced and contested in contemporary U.S. society;
    intersexuality is a condition doctors estimate affects one in every
    1,500 to 2,000 births
  • Dr. Joshua Safer, an endocrinologist engaged in clinical research who
    addresses a lack of knowledge on medical topics regarding
    transgender-identified individuals
  • Kristina Olson, the director of the Transyouth Project, an
    organization conducting a 20-year study of hundreds of young
    transgender and gender-nonconforming kids, as she visits a 12-year-old
    participant in the study who is considering medications intended to
    delay the betraying signs of puberty
  • Transgender individuals of almost every generation — from a 4-year-old
    in Washington, D.C., to a retiree in California — who with their
    families face unique challenges as the result of their evolving gender
  • Michaela Mendelsohn, a trans woman who owns six franchise businesses
    around Los Angeles and who, in response to tragically high jobless
    rates among transgender people, has dedicated her efforts to hire and
    promote trans workers at her restaurants
  • Celebrity activists and pioneers such as tennis star Renee Richards
    and model and actress Hari Nef
  • Gavin Grimm, a trans teen whose lawsuit seeking equal bathroom access
    is headed to the Supreme Court
  • Countless other doctors and scientists who are on the frontlines of
    gender issues helping shape medical, social and psychological

Further enhancing Couric’s intimate conversations are innovative
graphics and animations that will help viewers understand the
physiological nature of sex and gender like never before.

The broadcast premiere of GENDER REVOLUTION will come on the
heels of the January 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine.
The entire single-topic issue will be devoted to examining gender from
different perspectives, providing a 360-degree look at what gender means
in science and in social systems and civilizations throughout the world.
With powerful storytelling through text, photographs, maps and graphics,
paired with video and other content online, the issue will address
gender identity and sexuality, coming of age for children in various
cultures and the threats that those with certain gender identities face
worldwide, among other topics. The January issue will be available on
print newsstands beginning Dec. 27 and online in its entirely at
on Jan. 3.

National Geographic is also developing a comprehensive discussion guide
for schools and young adult groups to help guide conversation around the
themes and topics covered in both the documentary and the magazine. This
guide will be available for download beginning in January on

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GENDER REVOLUTION is produced by Katie Couric Media, World of
Wonder Productions and National Geographic Studios for National
Geographic. For Katie Couric Media, executive producers are Katie Couric
and Mitch Semel. For World of Wonder, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato and
Jeremy Simmons serve as executive producers. For National Geographic
Studios, executive producers are Jeff Hasler and Brian Lovett. For
National Geographic, Tim Pastore is president, original programming and
production, and Michael J. Miller is executive producer.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

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Katie Couric Media

Katie Couric Media develops and produces content, programming and
documentaries for TV networks and digital distribution platforms,
focusing on compelling issues the award-winning journalist and
best-selling author has covered throughout her career. Katie Couric
Media projects include the “Katie Couric” podcast from Earwolf, which
features the host in candid, unscripted conversations about American
life and politics; the National Geographic documentary GENDER
and the upcoming movie “Flint” with Craig Zadan and Neil
Meron, about the drinking water contamination in Flint, Michigan. Katie
Couric is the executive producer of “Fed Up” (2014) and “Under the Gun”
(2016), both documentaries that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

World of Wonder Productions

Innovative and Emmy® award-winning production company World of Wonder is
behind such hit series as “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (Logo), “Million Dollar
Listing” (Bravo), “Big Freedia” (Fuse) and “Island Hunters” (HGTV).
World of Wonder has also created award-winning films and documentaries
such as “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures,” “Inside Deep Throat,” “The
Eyes of Tammy Faye,” “Wishful Drinking,” “Monica in Black and White” and
“The Last Beekeeper,” which won an Emmy® award for Outstanding Nature
Programming. Seven of the company’s films have premiered at the Sundance
Film festival, including “Becoming Chaz” and “Party Monster,” the
documentary and feature film starring Macaulay Culkin. World of Wonder
has created a substantial digital footprint with its YouTube channel,
WOWPresents, along with an award-winning blog, “The WOW Report.
Co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey authored “The World
According to Wonder,” celebrating 22 years of production, which can be
found online at


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