Transgender Jazz Jennings Photo With Scars From Gender Confirmation Surgery
The 19-year-old reality star and transgender activist Jazz Jennings, is stepping into 2020 by embracing who she is and the journey that it took for her to get here — by sharing a photo of herself in a swimsuit that shows off scars from her gender confirmation surgery.
Transgender Jazz Jennings received national attention in 2007 when an interview with Barbara Walters aired on 20/20, which led to other high-profile interviews and appearances.
Christine Connelly, a member of the board of directors for the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth, stated, “She was the first young person who picked up the national spotlight, went on TV and was able to articulate her perspective and point of view with such innocence.
Her parents noted that Jennings was clear on being female as soon as she could speak.
Jennings is an honorary co-founder of the Trans Kids Purple Rainbow Foundation, which she and her parents founded in 2007 to assist transgender youth. In 2013, she founded Purple Rainbow Tails, a company in which she fashions rubber mermaid tails to raise money for transgender children.
Jazz Jennings referenced her “battle wounds” in an Instagram post on Wednesday, where she had the upper-thigh scars on full display for the first time since her 2018 surgery.
“I’m proud of my scars and love my body just the way it is,” she wrote. “I call them my battle wounds because they signify the strength and perseverance it took to finally complete my transition.”
People immediately took to the comments to praise the young woman.
“Proud of you and your journey!” one person wrote.
Another said, “You’re the strongest person I know.”
And another bad comment from girl account , she said
“You think what you have is pus*sy? That’s is just a wound …. You I’ll never be a woman“!,
Jennings has documented her life and gender transition in front of the camera for her TLC series I Am Jazz since 2015. In the show’s fifth season she even let audiences in on the biggest surgery of her life.
The show then chronicled Jennings’ post-surgery milestones, including her first trip to the beach, where she was able to wear a woman’s swimsuit — albeit once that covered the wide scars on her upper thighs — for the first time.
— TLC Network (@TLC) March 13, 2019