Transgender reality star Jazz Jennings, 21, SLAMS lawmakers for banning her children’s book “across the country” over claims it “brainwashes and recruits children into being LGBTQ.”
- The 21-year-old is a reality TV personality and one of the youngest people to publicly come out as trans
- The YouTube personality published her children’s book I Am Jazz in 2014 and released her memoir Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen in 2016.
- The vocal LGBTQ rights advocate documents her life on popular TLC show I Am Jazz.
- It comes after the American Library Association announced in April that there were a record-breaking 700 challenges for materials in 2021
- It confirmed that most of the targeted books had Black or LGBTQ authors or subjects
I Am Jazz star Jazz Jennings has highlighted the discrimination she faces as a trans woman as her children’s book I Am Jazz continues to be banned from libraries nationwide.
In a video shared to her Instagram account on Tuesday, the 21-year-old made it clear she was furious with lawmakers who are banning the recording of her 2014 book from libraries over fears it could make children do it to be LGBTQ+.
The YouTube personality – who is one of the youngest people to publicly come out as trans – began in the clip, “My name is Jazz and I was identified as male at birth. At the age of two I expressed that I knew I was a girl. At the age of five I began my social transition.
Stop it: Jazz Jennings has called out discrimination against LGBTQ+ writers as her children’s book I Am Jazz continues to be banned from libraries nationwide
“And today, while I live my life as a proud trans woman, my children’s book I Am Jazz is banned across the country.”
She continued, “Legislators are banning the book for fear it would recruit or brainwash children into becoming LGBTQ+. It doesn’t.’
In March, Jazz’s home state of Florida passed the Parental Rights in Education Act, banning the teaching of gender ideology to children in elementary schools.
The American Library Association then announced in April that there were over 700 material challenges in 2021.
Not true: The 21-year-old made it clear she was furious with lawmakers who are banning the recording of her 2013 book from libraries over fears it could push children into being LGBTQ+
Inclusion: Jazz co-wrote the book with Jessica Herthel when she was just 14 years old
This is the most the organization has seen since it began compiling data 20 years ago, and it confirmed that most of the books targeted had black or LGBTQ authors or subjects.
Jazz continued, “The book is about identity and it’s helping so many transgender youth learn more about their personal self-identity and who they are, and it’s helping families better support their transgender child and friends theirs Better support transgender friends.
“LGBTQ+ people are part of it. Allowing us to share our stories creates a more inclusive and welcoming world for all people.”
“STOP LINKING MY BOOK. LGBTQ+ PEOPLE BELONG,’ she captioned the clip.
Famous face: The reality TV personality is one of the youngest people to publicly come out as trans
Role model: Jazz was diagnosed with gender dysphoria at the age of five and has documented her journey in various forms over the years
Sharing her story: Jazz sat down with Barbara Walters in 2007 at the age of six, where she spoke about being born a man but living as a woman since kindergarten – also pictured with Meredith Vieira
Jazz co-wrote the book with Jessica Herthel, which details her life as a transgender child when she was just 14 years old.
However, it quickly proved controversial and soon ended up on several banned lists across the country.
It even appeared on the Office for Intellectual Freedom’s American Library Association list of top 10 banned and contested books through 2015, while the book was ranked #13 on its list of the 100 most banned or contested books of the decade from 2010 through 2019.
Interview with Big Names: Jazz’s profile was raised by Oprah Winrey in 2011 when I Am Jazz: A Family in Transition premiered on the Oprah Winfrey Network
TV Star: The seventh season of her hit TLC series, I Am Jazz, premiered in November 2021
Jazz was diagnosed with gender dysphoria at the age of five and underwent gender confirmation surgery in 2018.
She first sat down with Barbara Walters in 2007 at the age of six, where she discussed being born a man but living as a woman since kindergarten, and later getting her own TLC series, I Am, in 2015 Jazz.
The reality show was groundbreaking as it followed her life navigation and transition with the support of her family and premiered its seventh season in November 2021.
As an adult, she continues to speak out against discrimination against the trans community and advocate for LGBTQ rights.