JAZZ JENNINGS: There was a time when 'I didn't really think anything meant anything in this world'

May 31, 2019 - 6:08 pm

She knew at the age of three that she was a girl trapped in a boy’s body. Today, Jazz Jennings’s message is clear and enduring.

“Be (your) true and authentic selves … as long as you can look within yourself and learn to love and appreciate who you are, then you are unstoppable.”

Jennings is a trans-youth advocate and star of the TLC reality series, “I Am Jazz.” The show follows Jazz and her family as they navigate life with a son who is now a daughter. Jazz says it is not just her transition but a transition for the entire family. She openly shares the details of her gender confirmation surgery, dating, and confronting those who do not agree with her decision.  She admits was a rough road.

“Overall … I’m in a much better place now,” the 18-year-old activist told 1010 WINS. “I feel so confident and happy to have the body that I’ve always wanted.”

Jennings has experienced a lot of change since identifying as transgender, but admits it was her discovery of a new belief system that has been a vital part of her transition.

"The biggest change I think I made, was, I mean with the spiritual journey, just really relearning everything,” she said. “I mean it really comes down to my faith. I didn't have faith before. I didn't really think anything meant anything in this world and I believe something different now."

Through tears she spoke about her journey to becoming the young woman she is today.

"It's made me more passionate about bringing love to this planet because it's hard to see that people aren't supportive," she said. "People aren't loving. I really want to live in a world where people can be who they are without fearing what other people think."

To those still struggling to find their own path, Jennings says the first step is self-acceptance

“You don’t need any love or validation from anyone else,” Jennings said. “Of course it’s great to receive it from other people as well, but find it within you.”

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