By: Kassandra Amavisca - 6th period
"Close to half of trans youth will try to commit suicide before they are 21. Denying them the right to play the sports they love will only result in perpetuating this horrific statistic. Allowing kids to play on teams in their affirmed gender is the right thing to do. It will help so many kids who are already faced with so many challenges. All kids deserve to be happy, and enjoy themselves recreationally and socially. For me, sports are a big part of this happiness." - Jazz Jennings
Jazz's wish is to be treated just like everyone else. She is fully aware that she is one of the youngest transgender teenagers, if not the youngest one. She knows she has the same values as everyone else and sees the world very unfairly when it comes to equal rights. "I want to help make sure that other kids won't have to ever experience all that I've had to endure." She has been named as one of the 25 Most Influential Teens, Jazz has also written a children's book which describes her life and what her life consists of. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2JdPNAsaTs
Jazz Jennings; A Heroine
Jazz Jennings is all that of a heroine and more. At only 14, she has accomplished many brave acts that no one can ever take away from her. From interviews, to a book written by her, to her being that brave person everyone admires. Jennings speaks up for the youth community that hasn't been honored the way it should be and for the community that hasn't been acknowledged.
"Don't be scared to step out of your shadows and fight for what you believe in. Remember it's important to be your true and authentic selves, and always know that you are not alone. You deserve to be happy, and have fun on the playing fields with your friends. Don't let others get to you, or worry about what "people" say." - Jazz Jennings, 14.