The new superheroes: Jazz Jennings!

By: Madhumalika Bharani

For the last couple of years, we’ve enjoying shining a spotlight on young leaders around the world. We call them #thenewsuperheroes!

Jazz Jennings is one of the most influential young adults of the current generation as an LGBT rights activist, focusing on the rights of the Transgender community. She is also one of the youngest publicly documented people to be identified as Transgender. 

Born in South Florida to parents Greg and Jeanette as the last member of a family of 6 (including her) with an older sister, Ari and two older brothers, twins Griffin and Sander. Assigned male at birth (with deadname Jared), Jennings’ family stated that Jennings was “clear on being female as soon as she could communicate”.

She has empowered peers to love and accept themselves

 Although her family presented her in gender neutral clothing, she made it clear that she wanted to be feminine. When Jazz was six years old, her family was brought into the limelight as they started appearing on television to spread awareness about the difficulties of growing up as a trans kid. Over the years, Jennings, along with her parents, co founded ‘TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation’ which aimed at providing maximum assistance to transgender youth by selling fashioned rubber mermaid tails. 

Jennings has been starring on a TV show that follows her life as a transwoman, namely, ‘I am Jazz’ since July 2015. Apart from that, Jennings updates the audience about the happenings in her life through videos on her YouTube channel and has written two books from young children as well.