Fourteen-year-old Jazz Jennings is your typical young girl, learning to balance school, her friends, her family and everything in between. But in addition to dealing with the chaos of being a teenager, Jazz has another obstacle to face: She was assigned male at birth.
From a young age, Jazz was drawn to items typically meant for girls and, over time, realized that she was a girl. With the help of her supportive and loving family, and a team of doctors and experts, Jazz decided to transition and live her life as a female. She's shared her story through a series of YouTube videos and has served as an inspiration to teens experiencing the exact same thing.
"I wouldn't change anything about myself. Not because I'm being cocky or anything, but because this is who I am and I'm proud of who I am. This is me, and I'm transgender, and that's OK. It makes me a stronger person, a more confident person, and it just makes me myself," she said in a recent YouTube video.
She's decided to share her story in the upcoming series "All That Jazz." Set to premiere this summer, Jazz will explain how she handles all the typical teen experiences, including dating, sleepovers and high school. You'll get to know Jazz, but also her understanding parents, Greg and Jeanette, her grandparents Jack and Jacky, and her siblings Ari, Griffen and Sander.
"We know that families come in all shapes and sizes, but at their core, they are all about love, acceptance, and support. Only TLC can tell this family's story in way that celebrates and demystifies difference in an effort to help create a world without prejudice," said Marjorie Kaplan, Group President, TLC & Animal Planet.
We know you can't wait for the show to air, so in the meantime, get to know Jazz by watching the Q&A she posted to YouTube last summer.