Counting On’s Derick Dillard struck out against fellow TLC star 16-year-old Jazz Jennings, and all transgender people in general, on Twitter. “What an oxymoron… a ‘reality,’ show which follows a non-reality,” Derick tweeted. “‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God.” His tweet was reacting to a TLC tweet promoting the […]
Being a preteen and teenager is an especially difficult time in life, but all the struggles, insecurities and social pressures that everyone goes through must be compounded for a teen experiencing gender dysphoria, and facing massive medical interventions in order to present to the world the way the wish to present. Jazz Jennings is going through all that, but with even more pressure because she’s doing it on reality television and in the headlines. Last week’s episode of I Am Jazz highlighted exactly how complicated and physically taxing gender transition can be, and the complications that can rise when gender transition procedures start at an early age.
Jazz Jennings was just a toddler when she first identified verbally as a girl. By age five, she was one of the youngest people diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder, a qualification that allowed her and her parents to decide to fully commit to a gender transition.
This summer, TLC viewers will get the chance to meet Jazz Jennings, a beautiful 14-year-old girl with typical teenage problems — plus a platform as an advocate for fellow transgender people. Find out more about the impressive teen’s story…