- October 21, 2014
At 14, Jazz Jennings has already inspired countless people with her story.
For as long as she and her family can remember, Jazz knew she was a girl. And her family’s journey of understanding their transgender child went public when Jazz and her parents appeared on 20/20 with Barbara Walters in 2007 -- bringing along so many others in better understanding the transgender youth in their lives. For her advocacy, this week Jazz was named one TIME Magazine's 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014.
In TIME Magazine’s list, Jazz stands alongside other incredible youth like Sasha and Malia Obama and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai -- a powerful acknowledgement of the critical need to make the world a better place for LGBTQ youth.
While most children her age are mostly concerned with school, friends and sports, Jazz is already a seasoned public speaker who, for more than half her life, has appeared on numerous television and radio shows sharing her story and the issues facing transgender youth. She also speaks at colleges and conferences across the country.
Jazz and her family’s TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation also provides financial support for transgender organizations, youth and research. This year, she became a published author with the September release of I Am Jazz, a children’s picture book that tells the story of her life.
HRC is excited to announce that Jazz is also one of 11 young people named to our inaugural class of youth ambassadors, a new initiative through the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Youth Well-Being Project. Youth ambassadors, recognized for their commitment to and leadership among LGBTQ youth, will work closely with the HRC Foundation and provide input and guidance on how to best help their generation.
Ambassadors will have the opportunity to travel to HRC’s headquarters and participate in events and forums to advocate for the needs of young people within the LGBT movement.
Keep an eye out for more information on the HRC Foundation’s Youth Ambassadors coming soon, and make sure to vote for Jazz as the most influential teen on the list!
Check out Jazz's recent interview with Katie Couric below.