- March 26, 2015
It has been an extremely busy year for HRC Foundation Youth Ambassador Jazz Jennings.
In February, she joined HRC at our second annual Time to THRIVE conference, addressing attendees about transgender visibility and her unique story.
“Being transgender makes me special and has helped to shape the person that I am today,” she said. “I’m proud of the way I am, and I wish all transgender kids could embrace their uniqueness like I do.”
This past month, she stared in a new commercial for “Clean and Clear.” As part of the See The Real Me campaign, Jazz, 14, shared more details about her life as a transgender teenager.
Additionally, TLC also announced this month that it will air a documentary series this summer about Jazz and her family.
Jazz first made headlines in 2007 when she appeared with her family and was interviewed by Barbara Walters on ABC’s 20/20. On the show, Jazz’s family also shared their journey to understanding their transgender child.
In addition to being an HRC Foundation Youth Ambassador, Jazz has been recognized by GLADD, The Advocate, Out Magazine and was on the 2014 Trans 100 list. Last year, Time magazine named her one of the “25 Most Influential Teens of 2014.”Jazz is the co-author of the book, I am Jazz, which was released in 2014, and the co-founder of the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation, which assists transgender youth.
HRC applauds Jazz for her bravery and thanks her for her advocacy and dedication for transgender rights and visibility. Because of Jazz’s work, more and more Americans are coming to know transgender people, and the myths and fears surrounding gender identity are giving way to understanding and support.