If you aren't aware, Jazz Jennings is currently 22 years old and began their gender transition at age five. Yes, five. That's when Jazz was diagnosed with gender dysphoria. At age six, Jazz and their family started making television appearances about the struggles that come with being a transgender child.
Jazz's documentary-style TV show "I Am Jazz: A Family in Transition," premiered in 2011, and Jazz's fame skyrocketed from there. Jazz has undergone hormone therapy since they were eleven, and received male-to-female bottom surgery when they were 17 years old. Although, maybe that's a misprint, since minors never get gender transition surgery in America. That's just a transphobic conspiracy theory.
Despite all of these gender-confirming procedures, including three total surgeries due to complications, Jazz recently told their mother Jeanette that they never feel like themselves.
Jazz said through tears, "You know I can't get out of my head. It doesn't stop." Jeanette tried to console Jazz, saying "you're your own worst enemy."
Jazz continued, "I just want to feel like myself. All I want is to be happy and feel like me, and I don't feel like me ever."
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So after 17 years of gender affirmation, hormone therapy, and three surgeries, Jazz still does not feel like themselves. How many other transgender children feel like this that we don't know about?
And it gets worse. In another recent episode, a friend of Jazz's (who also happens to be transgender) said they might dabble in "frisky online modeling" to raise money for a breast augmentation surgery. Incredibly, Jazz's mother approved and said she has a lot of respect for the decision: "I think there are a lot of men, maybe women, that are super attracted to women that have not had bottom surgery. That’s their thing. People have fetishes. I went out with a toe sucker.”
I don't think I have to tell you how incredibly heartbreaking and infuriating it is to watch a mother control and gaslight their own child for years. On the bright side, the tide seems to be slowly turning on medically transitioning minors. Let's hope it keeps turning.
February 28, 2023 at 09:45AM - Lily Hayes
Watch: Trans Child Celebrity Admits They Never Feel Like Themselves Despite Gender-Confirming Surgeries
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