Nat Geo The Gender Revolution, Host Katie Couric says, “Living beyond the binary”

Katie Couric photo by Andrew Eccles

Join Katie Couric on her journey through the evolving meaning of gender, The Gender Revolution premieres on National Geographic February 6th 2017, at 9pm ET, 6pm PT on DirecTV

By Gabrielle Pantera

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2017/2/6 – “I think the personal stories are what makes this documentary,” says The Gender Revolution host and executive producer . “It’s not a news flash that I really like people. I really like to talk to people. I like to hear their stories and convey their stories.”

“So it’s really a combination of personal journeys and also the science behind this, sort of the history behind it, the cultural implications behind what’s happening with this gender revolution,” says Couric. “It was an incredible experience for me to meet these families. We read these headlines about gender nonconforming people and people who are living beyond the binary, if we will.”


In The Gender Revolution, executive producer Katie Couric and National Geographic set out to explore the evolving concept of gender in science, society, and culture in a two-hour documentary. The complexities of gender in everyday life, from the moment we are born through our waning years.

Couric crisscrossed the U.S. to talk with scientists, psychologists, activists, authors and families about the role of genetics, brain chemistry and modern culture on gender identity. From the scientifically enlightening to the deeply personal, Couric’s search for truth sheds reveals stories of struggle, understanding, ignorance, hurt and love.

Intersexuality, being born with components of both genders, is a condition doctor’s estimate affects one in every 1,500 to 2,000 births.

Among those Couric meets on her journey are…

  • Georgiann Davis, an activist who explores how intersex traits are defined, experienced and contested in contemporary U.S. society.
  • Dr. Joshua Safer, an endocrinologist engaged in clinical research who addresses a lack of knowledge on medical topics regarding transgender-identified individuals
  • Prof. Kristina Olson, is conducting a 20-year study of hundreds of young transgender and gender-nonconforming kids
  • Michaela Mendelsohn, a trans woman who owns six franchise businesses around Los Angeles has  dedicated herself to hire and promote  transgendered people within her restaurants bto help reduce the unemployment among the transgender community.
  • Celebrity activists and pioneers 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
  • Doctors and scientists working on gender issues helping shape medical, social and psychological well-being of in and out of the Transgender community
  • There is a 4-year-old in Washington D.C to a Retiree in California all have issues with family, friends and within their community.

The Gender Revolution is produced by Katie Couric Media, World of Wonder Productions and National Geographic Studios for National Geographic. Katie Couric Media executive producers Katie Couric and Mitch Semel. World of Wonder executive producers Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato and Jeremy Simmons.

National Geographic Studios executive producers Jeff Hasler and Brian Lovett. National Geographic original programming and production president Tim Pastore. Michael J. Miller executive producer.

National Geographic Partners produces science, adventure and exploration content.

Twitter: @katiecouric  @NatGeo

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