Transgender Teen Jazz Jennings to Star in Reality Series
14-year-old transgender activist, Jazz Jennings, is set to star in a new docuseries that will air on TLC later this year. The show, currently titled All That Jazz, will focus on documenting Jennings' life as a transgender teen, depicting everything from being a high school student to dating and all the other trials and tribulations that come with being a teenager.
Assigned a male at birth, Jennings was officially diagnosed with gender dysphoria in 2004 and has since become an outspoken LGBT activist. Jennings -- who, according to PEOPLE, has spoken out about her gender identity since she was six years old -- was named one of the 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014 by TIME magazine. She recently wrote a children's book with Jessica Herthel about growing up as a transgender child.
TLC's general manager, Nancy Daniels, talked about the network's desire to share Jennings' story with the world, saying (quote via the Huffington Post), "Jazz’s story is universal, yet unique, and we’re proud to partner with her family to share it with TLC’s audience. Jazz may be known as an author and activist, but she’s first and foremost a teenage girl with a big, brave heart, living a remarkable life."
Marjorie Kaplan, the group president of TLC and Animal Planet, said that the goal of the show is to foster acceptance on a larger scale, saying (quote via the Huffington Post), “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 a way that celebrates and demystifies difference in an effort to help create a world without prejudice.”
The 11-episode show is set to air later this summer.