LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS – Update Aug. 11, 2014. Since the original article of a year ago, trans girl Jazz Jennings has made and posted several videos on YouTube. I urge parents of a trans kid to view the one I am linking to. Many fears will be erased and concerns addressed. For trans kids, Jazz is a great trans role model!
(Original article — Sept 24, 2013): Jazz Jennings, a 12-year-old trans kid who is sharing her story to help other trans kids: “I know people need someone to be a role model and help them along the way.”
Indeed. “I just want to let transkids to know not to be afraid to step out of the shadows. I do whatever I can to help other transkids. I speak a lot, at a lot of places, a lot of big events.
Jazz made these comments while being profiled for the We Are The Youth organization during the recent Philly Trans-Health Conference. Being profiled is nothing new for Jazz — she’s already been featured on national TV news shows, daytime talk and elsewhere.
Jazz’s most profound comment, I thought, was this: “I wouldn’t change myself at all. Being transgender makes me who I am; a strong person, a confident person. Being transgender gives me my personality.
Jazz is giving a huge moral boost to both trans kids and adults. I know there are many trans people who would give anything to be that ‘strong, confident trans person’ right now, never mind as early as age 12.
In a previous article I ran a before and after photo of Jazz. It can be seen here: https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/hormone-blockers-safe-for-transgender-kids-says-new-study/
We Are The Youth via BuzzFeed: http://wearetheyouth.org/profiles/jazz-12/#.UkJ1Zj-xXBa
Watch LEXIE CANNES right now: http://www.amazon.com/Lexie-Cannes-CourtneyODonnell/dp/B00KEYH3LQ Or get the DVD: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0963781332
LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS is associated with Wipe Out Transphobia: http://www.wipeouttransphobia.com/
Read Lexie Cannes in The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-odonnell/
Categories: Transgender, Transsexual, Trans
I’ve been following Jazz’s various articles and video interviews when she was much younger. I just want to say one thing to her. Jazz, you’re a wonderfully kind gorgeous knockout, and I wish you a fantastic life for the years to come. If you ever come to Connecticut for a lecture, I will sure come and see your presentation.
Thanks Brenda, I was late to the Jazz bandwagon — I had only shown a picture of her when I last wrote about her — nothing else. I’m glad others followed closely enough to watch her change into this role model!
Way to go Jazz! You are an inspiration to countless thousands of trans youth – keep up the great work! 🙂