I Am Jazz by Jessica HerthelThe story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere.
From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girls brain in a boys body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didnt feel like herself in boys clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazzs story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.
Transgender Jazz Jennings knew she was a girl born in a boy’s body
By the time she was 3 years old, Jazz Jennings not her original first name or her real last name knew she was meant to be a girl. Though many of her friends were supportive and understanding, others bullied and abandoned her, both to her face and behind her back. But there are positive moments, too — and lots of them. In her book, Jazz explains that they started the show not out of a desire for fame, but to publicly portray the normalcy of their everyday lives — to show that a transgender teen girl is, at the end of the day, just like any other teen girl. Above all, it's a true testament to the importance of a loving family.
While some people wait until later in life to transition, such as Caitlyn Jenner, Jazz made the decision at a very young age. On the show I am Jazz , Jennings lives an entirely normal life among her family and friends. On the show, Jazz is growing up, and not only is her life being documented, but all of the hormonal changes, surgeries, and emotions she deals with as a transgender woman are being documented as well. Jennings said that from the time she was a toddler, she taught herself to button her onesie in a certain way so that she could wear it as a dress. Her doctor suggested they bring her to a child psychologist. At age three, her parents finally brought her, realizing that she was not going through any sort of phase. The psychologist eventually told them that she was, in fact, transgender.
Her parents, Jeanette and Greg, named their baby son Jaron. But Jazz — as she has long been known — felt she was a girl. Jazz Jennings is one of the most articulate and well-adjusted year-olds you could be fortunate enough to meet. But since she could first articulate her feelings and choose which clothes she wanted to wear, Jazz — as she has long been known — felt she was a girl, simply born into a body that did not match. Along with an estimated , people — male and female —in the UK, Jazz has body dysphoria — what used to be called gender identity disorder: the belief that there is a mismatch between your biological sex and your gender identity.
By Joel Christie For Dailymail. Jazz Jennings, the Florida teenager who has become the unofficial face of America's transgender youth, will now star in her own reality TV series on TLC, focusing on her life with family, friends and school. The year-old, who was last year named one of TIME magazines 25 most-influential teenagers -alongside Taliban victim and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai - and has written a children's book about growing up transgender, will appear in an episode series called All That Jazz. Now in the ninth grade, Jazz plans to undergo sex realignment surgery at 18, having been born male but lived as a female since she was five-years-old. Scroll down for video.