Jazz Jennings urges people to “no more ban my book” than their autobiography i am jazz continues to be banned from libraries nationwide.
The 21-year-old is a reality TV personality, author and advocate for LGBTQ rights as her TLC show chronicled her life as one of the youngest people to publicly come out as transgender. Now an adult, she continues to speak out about the discrimination she faces as a trans woman, particularly when it comes to the restrictions placed on her book.
“My name is Jazz and I was classified as male at birth. At 2 years old I expressed that I knew I was a girl. At 5 I started my social transformation. And today, despite living my life as a proud trans woman, my children’s book I Am Jazz is banned across the country,” she said in an Instagram video posted Tuesday. “Legislators are banning the book for fear it will recruit children or one would be brainwashed to become LGBTQ+ It isn’t The book is about identity and it helps so many transgender youth learn about their personal self identity and who they are and it helps families better understand their transgender child and support her friends, better support her transgender boyfriend.”
Jennings co-wrote the book with Jesica Herthel and published it in 2014 when she was just 14 years old. It quickly proved controversial as it appeared on lists of banned books. It even made the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom list of top 10 banned and contested books by 2015, and was ranked #13 on its list of the 100 most banned or contested books of the decade from 2010 to 2019.
When the list was released in 2020, Jennings told Yahoo Life that being named was “both disappointing and honorable.”
“In a way, it’s upsetting to know there’s still so much stigma and controversy about an issue that has been prevalent in our society, but at the same time there’s a certain pride in knowing the book is still rippling.” hit,” she said. “It’s another step towards creating equality and ensuring that all people are respected and treated as equal, even if they are different.”
Today she continues to fight to make that happen.
“LGBTQ+ people are included,” she said in her recent post. “Allowing us to share our stories creates a more inclusive and welcoming world for all people.”
Jennings received praise in her comments section from supporters, who were thrilled when she spoke out on the matter.
“You are an amazing and beautiful person. I’m such a fan of you and your family. The support they have given you has been incredible and you have helped bring hope to others who are embarking on a journey to be their authentic self. ‘ wrote one person. “Please never give up helping people and believing in yourself too. You are so special Jazz.”
Her brother Sander Jennings also shared his approval of the message.
“So proud of you, always!” he wrote. “LGBTQ+ stories like yours should be celebrated, not banned.”
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