Jazz Jennings

By: Kassandra Amavisca - 6th period

Early Life

Jazz Jennings was born October 6th, 2000 in South Florida. Jezz is the daughter of Greg and Jeanette and has one sister and two twin brothers. Her interests include making mermaid tails made out of silicone and selling them to raise money for the transgender youth society. "At first my family was confused. They'd always thought of me as a boy. As I got a little older, I hardly ever played with trucks or tools or superheroes. Only princesses and mermaid costumes. My brothers told me this was girl stuff. I kept right on playing. My sister says I was always talking to her about my girl thoughts, and my girl dreams, and how one day I would be a beauuuuutiful lady." - Jezz Jennings
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Ever since Jazz was a little girl, she knew she wanted to be a girl. She was born a male, but ever since she was 5, she knew what she wanted to be. She is only 14 years old and has accomplished many things which is why she has been named one of the most influential teens. Jazz has been interviewed with Barbara Walters, has met Bill Clinton, and has been on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

"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

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Jazz Jennings; A Heroine

Heroine: A woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

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.

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