This is the future. We are living in a time when finally, all our blinkered views on sexual and gender norms are being thrown out the window. Not only is there a dialogue about gender now, the dialogue is making a big impact on changing how society views people who live in a non-binary way.It’s not an easy time, that’s for sure, and there are plenty of people intent on holding on to the status quo, whether it’s with unkind words or brute force, but in the transgender community there’s so many wonderful people who are fighting the good fight for those around them who may not have the strength or courage to fight.Many of these people work behind the scenes, but there’s also so many trans celebrities in the spotlight who are helping to push the culture. These are their courageous stories of deciding to stand up for who they are. You will not believe your eyes when you see the last celebrity on this list…
Jazz Jennings – Before
It’s a sign of these groundbreaking new times that not only is there a whole show dedicated to a transgender woman, but that a transgender woman is only 17 years old. Taboos and prejudice are breaking down everywhere, and kids who have any kind of gender confusion no longer have to suffer for years before coming out. Now they have their very own hero. Both Jazz and Jennings are pseudonyms. Nobody knows her birth name, only that she was born on the 6th of October, 2000 and told her family that she identified as a female from the very first moment she could speak. By 2007 she was already a YouTube sensation and one of the youngest publicly documented people to be identified as transgender, which is an absolutely stunning achievement.
Jazz Jennings – After
It was an interview with Barbara Walters on 20/20, though, which marked the turning point in her life. That was in 2007, and now, 10 years later, there’s barely anyone in America who doesn’t know her name, or her courageous story. Beginning in 2015, her story played out on TLC with her reality TV show I Am Jazz, which looks at the ups and downs of her school life and personal life.Not that there’s anything personal about her personal life anymore. Aside from the TV show, Jazz Jennings is a committed activist and keen to share everything about her transition to better help other children in similar circumstances. She co-founded the TransKids Purple Rainbow foundation, as well as battling the United States Soccer Federation for a long time to change their trans policies. With a new autobiography already on the shelves, she’s this generation’s ultimate role model.