Doll based on trans­gen­der teen to de­but at New York Toy Fair


WASHINGTON - A New York doll maker says it will be sell­ing what it be­lieves is the first trans­gen­der doll on the mar­ket. The doll is based on Jazz Jen­nings, the teenage trans­gen­der sub­ject of the TLC doc­u­men­tary se­ries “I am Jazz.” It will make its de­but at the New York Toy Fair next week and be avail­able on the Ton­ner Doll Co.’s web­site and in spe­cialty stores in July. A spokesman for the com­pany says the 18-inch doll, which has a “gen­der­less” plas­tic mould typ­i­cal of most dolls, is be­ing tested for kids aged 8 years and older and is ex­pected to re­tail for $89.99. It comes 40 years af­ter the re­lease of the “Gay Bob” doll, widely thought to be the first doll based on a gay char­ac­ter.

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