My sister says I was always talk to her about my girl thoughts, and my girl dreams, and how one day I would be a beautiful lady. She would giggle and say, ‘You’re a funny kid.’
Excerpt from I Am Jazz
More than a Children’s Story
Sometimes, the most impactful of stories aren’t written for adults, with complex metaphors sprawled throughout the text, language hard to decipher, or with enough allusions to make the work itself esoteric. To have impact, the text must be able to make the reader reflect on its message (whatever that may be) once they are finished reading it.
Jazz Jennings’s story, I Am Jazz, does exactly that.
In a society that is only beginning to accept gay marriage, I Am Jazz attempts to educate others on what it means to be a transgender child. Its impact is even greater when you realize the book is meant for young children, written by a transgender teenager. It’s language simple and straight-forward, clear yet powerful: LGBTQ Rights should not be something that is defended over and over again. It’s not something that should be presented in complicated terms. The rights of these people is plain and simple: They deserve to be treated just like anyone else.
Jazz Jennings, born in 2000, has been noted for being one of the youngest documented individuals to be diagnosed with gender dysphoria at the tender age of 5. Gender dysphoria is a condition of “feeling one’s emotional and psychological identity as male or female to be opposite to one’s biological sex.” In short, Jazz “has a girl brain but a boy body,” and has felt this way for as long as she could remember. She identifies as being female, and she is proud of it.