Jazz’s story helps give other teens strength
Before there was Caitlyn Jenner, transgender teenager Jazz Jennings was living her reality and inspiring a new generation with her story.
Using the tools of her time, the 14-year-old educated millions about coming out and growing up with the added struggles associated with her sexual identity.
Drawing a global YouTube audience of up to 1.7 million for some of f her postings, Jenningss and her family (pictured ed right) now have a reality TV show, I Am Jazz. z.
Speaking to Switched witched On, Jennings said while the public spotlightht has “made me feel awkward kward at times, when I see thehe difference my family ily and I are making in the community, when people writee you messages to say you’ve ou’ve changed their lives or sometim sometimes even saved their lives, tha that’s so incredible and rewa rewarding.” In the new serie series, Jennings’ mother JeannetteJeanne explains how her dau daughter suffered as a child, aware fro from the age of three she was born a boy but identified as the o opposite sex. It was photos from a balle ballet class, when Jazz looked strick stricken because she w was not allowe allowed to wear a tutu lik like the other girls, wh which prompte prompted the family to seek hel help. Since then, the Jen Jennings clan have thrown th their arms around her.
But the resp responsibility to
‘When I see the difference my family and I are making in the community ... that’s so incredible’
support other children like Jennings can weigh heavily at times.
“There are moments I do feel stressed out. Of course you want to do all you can do to help them, but really, it’s also about them taking the matter into their own hands and finding the strength to keep moving on,” Jennings says.
JAZZ JENNINGS ON HELPING OTHERS
I AM JAZZ, TLC, THURSDAY, 9.30PM