Jazz Jennings thanks fans for support and shares her first picture after undergoing gender confirmation surgery
The 17-year-old 'I Am Jazz' star was born male but chooses to identify as female. She shared with fans how she had been looking forward to the procedure her entire life.
Jazz Jennings took to Instagram in order to thank her fans for their constant support while she underwent gender confirmation surgery. She shared a post-surgery photo with her fans on Instagram on Thursday (June 28) and beamed with happiness. “I’m doing great, thanks for all of the love and support,” she captioned the picture along with a heart emoji.
The 17-year-old 'I Am Jazz' star was born male but chooses to identify as female. Earlier this month she took to her YouTube Page in order to inform her friends that she was preparing for the procedure. Talking to her fans, Jazz informed them that she was super excited for" the surgery to happen. "For this video, I wanted to talk about my upcoming gender confirmation surgery," Jennings said as she began the discussion before adding that it's "coming up so soon".
"I’m so looking forward to it. I’ve been looking forward to this my entire life," she continued. At the same time, she brought attention to the negativity she has often received when she talks about the topic which she likes to call "too personal". "The reason why I’m being so open and documenting my journey with this procedure is because I feel education is super important. If I put out this information for people to see, they won’t need to ask any more questions," she shared.
She added, "And also, it’s educational within the community as well. A lot of parents who have transgender kids are like, ‘What do I do? I don’t know much about this process.’ And seeing our show kind of helps them figure out what steps they could take to help their kids and what the journey might look like in the future." The TLC star then gushed about having her "new genitalia" before saying, "Like penis to vagina. That’s some serious s—t, Y'all. I can’t believe it, I’m going to have a vagina!"
Throughout the video, Jazz maintained a calm and positive tone and tried to give as much information as she could to her fans with regards to her procedure. She added that it is not part of her personality to "anticipate problems" right before the surgery. She concluded the video blog by saying, "The surgery is exciting, my life is exciting and I want you all to enjoy the ride with me."
Jazz gained attention after her documentary titled 'I am Jazz' aired on TLC. Jazz believed with the help of her documentary people will have a better idea of what it means to deal with life from her point of view. At the same time, she hoped other youngsters and other transgenders will be inspired by her journey.