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Jazz Jennings: The Newest Trans Activist

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Jazz Jennings has always known who she was. She was a girl trapped in a boy’s body. Now this revolutionary 14-year-old girl is going to have her own show on TLC called All That Jazz, which will show her day-to-day life and triumphs and challenges with friendships, dating and family relations.

“I can’t wait for this show to come out,” gushes Teresa Miller, a trans woman and editor for Tsmeet.com. “Having a show about trans people on a channel like TLC could open up a lot of minds and make other trans people feel more comfortable to join dating sites and put themselves out there. Shows like Orange is the New Black and Transparent have already made a lot of strides with their trans characters.”

Jazz knew she was trans early on. Though she wore pants in public, at home she was treated as a girl. When hiding her identity was no longer working for her, she started dressing as a girl and explaining the change to her friends. Jazz started taking testosterone blockers as soon as she was able, and will start taking estrogen at the appropriate time too. Her family supports her decision, if she wishes to get gender reassignment surgery in the future.

Jazz has a history of activism already. In 2012 she was on The Advocate’s list of 40 activists under 40 years old, and in 2013 she was honored at the GLADD awards. She has been named a Human Rights Campaign ambassador, among many other accolades. Now she is also going mainstream as the face of a Clean and Clear campaign called #seetherealme. Ms. Jennings also co-wrote I Am Jazz, a book for families dealing with the issues that come along with having a trans member.

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