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Being Jazz: My Life As A (Transgender) Teen Jazz Jennings ((FREE))

Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity. At the age of five, Jazz transitioned to life as a girl, with the support of her parents. A year later, her parents allowed her to share her incredible journey in her first Barbara Walters interview, aired at a time when the public was much less knowledgeable or accepting of the transgender community. This groundbreaking interview was followed over the years by other high-profile interviews, a documentary, the launch of her YouTube channel, a picture book, and her own reality TV series--I Am Jazz--making her one of the most recognizable activists for transgender teens, children, and adults. In her remarkable memoir, Jazz reflects on these very public experiences and how they have helped shape the mainstream attitude toward the transgender community. But it hasn't all been easy. Jazz has faced many challenges, bullying, discrimination, and rejection, yet she perseveres as she educates others about her life as a transgender teen. Through it all, her family has been beside her on this journey, standing together against those who don't understand the true meaning of tolerance and unconditional love. Now Jazz must learn to navigate the physical, social, and emotional upheavals of adolescence--particularly high school--complicated by the unique challenges of being a transgender teen. Making the journey from girl to woman is never easy--especially when you began your life in a boy's body.

Being Jazz: My Life As A (Transgender) Teen Jazz Jennings

Transgender youth are children and adolescents whose inner conviction of who they are does not match their biological sex. therefore, these youth grow up to be gender dysphoric and eventually identify as transgender and/or transsexual. By the time these youth begin their transition as their true gender, they also begin to face the limitations that accompany these experiences, for they lack the parental support and guidance at a very early age. One example of these limitations is that transgender youth usually depend on their parents for different types of support such as shelter, advise, health care, food, education as well as other essential needs. Nevertheless, most doctors are not willing to treat these transgender youth due to the different challenges and struggles they face when compared to those of gender dysphoric adults. Transgender conditions appear at different times in life, and the severity of each of these conditions varies significantly from person to person. In the majority of gender identity disorder cases, feelings of gender incongruity are usually perceived in early childhood when children start expressing dissatisfaction toward their biological anatomy as well as the roles associated with their assigned sex at birth. As a result of these transgender feelings, many of these children experience rejection and discrimination by their peers; therefore they tend to suppress and/or hide them to avoid being ridiculed and embarrassed in public or in school. Moreover, gender dysphoric children and teens may seem very happy on the surface but the truth is that they fight a constant battle against their own minds and despise the wrongness of their biological anatomy.


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