Jennings, Jazz

Jazz Jennings, who was born on October 6, 2000, in South Florida, is a media celebrity and LGBTQIA+ rights activist. Jennings is notable for being one of the most visible representations of a young person identifying publicly as trans in the United States. From 2011 onward, Jennings and her family have appeared regularly in news stories, television interviews, documentaries, reality shows, and in magazines and online articles, in which Jennings’s process of transitioning as a teenager was represented.

From a scholarly standpoint, Jazz Jennings is an important subject of inquiry because, as a media celebrity, she has worked to make the idea, or discourse, of the trans child recognizable for mainstream media consumers. Jennings is a significant object of academic study in relation to the cultural ...

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