Jazz Jennings’ parents are labelled as child abusers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Jazz Jennings speaks at the GLAAD Gala at the Hilton San Francisco on November 7, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for GLAAD)

17-year-old transgender reality star says that she is not the only one to face transphobic hate. Her parents are also attacked, and as they used to protect her when she was small, she stands up for them. Jennings has been prominent in the media for several years as a transgender person, starring in documentary series I Am Jazz.  She is also the author of a book, ‘Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen’, that regularly tops the most-banned lists amid furious attempts at censorship. She realized she was a girl when she was just 6 and her parents just allowed their child to self-identify the way she wanted. And that is why they are branded abusers by some bigots. “What I see non-supporters saying is it’s my family’s fault, that they forced me into this, that they’re terrible, that my parents should go to jail for child abuse. That is just so freaking annoying, because my parents and family are the best people on the planet,” the teen girl said, “Another thing I see haters say all the time is that I was too young to transition, or how could a child know who they are? I mean, at a young age I’m able to distinguish between a boy and a girl, and figure out what you gravitate towards. I was so feminine, off the charts – pink, purple, Barbies, dresses, everything girly, sparkles, mermaids. Even at that young age I was defined and knew who I was. I would refuse to leave the house in anything but girl clothes, and I was absolutely uncomfortable in my own body.” So the only thing her parents could be ‘blamed’ for is hearing, loving, accepting and supporting their child, willing her just to be happy and healthy. “If you want to trash me, that’s okay. I have a thick skin. My family is just as strong, but it hurts me more seeing people attack them, when they’ve done nothing but positive things for me in my life. I encourage all families to love and accept their child the way my family has. So many LGBTQ youth don’t have the family that I do, and they’re less fortunate,” she concluded.


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