Jazz Jennings is an American celebrity who is famous for many things. Amongst all that we know her for, she is adored for being a voice for the voiceless as an LGBT rights activist. She is also a YouTuber, television personality and spokesmodel who became famous as a transgender woman. In fact, one of the youngest persons publicly known for being transgender. She garnered a lot of attention after an interview she had with Barbara Walters aired on 20/20 in the year 2007. Since then, Jazz has grown to be a respectable figure in and outside the LGBT community.
Read below, the story of Jennings, learn about her biography and how all that has happened in her life came to be.
Jazz Jennings – Bio, Age, Ethnicity
Jazz Jennings was born on the 6th of October 2000 in South Florida, U.S. to Greg Jennings and Jeanette Jennings. She was born male into a Jewish family. At her birth, Jazz was named Jaron (coined from Jordan and Aaron). When she was about 5 years old, she was diagnosed with gender dysphoria and thus identified as transgender from such a tender age. Her family members, however, nurtured her in a gender-neutral way unlike the rest of the kids in the family but as she got older, Jazz insisted that she is female.
As a 6-year-old, she began making appearances on television with her family where they spoke about the challenges of transgenders growing up. The Jennings didn’t stop here, they went on to found the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation (in 2007) which caters for the needs of trans youths. Jazz on her own part, in 2013, founded a company called Purple Rainbow Tails which makes rubber mermaid tails. The proceeds from its sales are used to cater to the needs of Trans children.
In between setting up these institutions, she appeared in a 2011 documentary titled I Am Jazz: A Family in Transition which premiered on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Aside from this, she has done several other laudable things in the course of speaking out for the LGBT community. Some of these include ‘I Am Jazz’, a children’s book which she wrote detailing her life as a transgender child, she was listed among Advocate’s “40 Under 40”, on Out’s “Out 100” and was also listed as one of the “The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014” by Time Magazine. The list went on to include her memoir, ‘Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen’ as well as featuring on the TLC reality television series I Am Jazz with her family. The show’s 5th season documents the events in the weeks leading to Jazz Jennings surgery.
Family: Grandparents, Brothers
Jazz Jennings is not an only child; her siblings include an elder sister named Ari and two elder brothers, twins named Sander and Griffen. Aside from the love and support her parents show her, Jazz is also cared for deeply by her grandparents; Jack and Jacky. She is particularly closer to her grandma who is in the know about her love interests and romance. Her Grandpa, on the other hand, is not entirely missing in the picture, he was the one who encouraged her to have a gender reassignment surgery and she completed this in 2018.
Sander and Griffen were introduced to the public who follow the ongoings in the Jennings family in a 2011 documentary I Am Jazz: A Family in Transition. The twins just like their elder sister, parents, and grandparents also show support to Jazz and what she is doing for the LGBT community. As it relates to their education, Sander is a pre-law student at the University of Florida. Like some young men his age, he is obsessed with American football which he often tweets about.
Jazz Jennings might have been born in a wrong body, but she has found a way around it just as she found a way around becoming confident to disclose her feelings of love. Back in the interview with Barbara Walters, she made it known that she had a thing for boys.
The media personality has a boyfriend who is a year older than she is; his name is Ahmir Steward. The duo reportedly met through exchanging emails and met when Jazz visited Philadelphia for a Transgender Health Conference. Theirs, for now, is a long distance relationship but we haven’t seen any reason to be worried about what becomes of it as they seem ready to make it work.