17-year-old Jazz Jennings finally got her gender confirmation surgery and she couldn’t be happier. The star of the TLC show, I Am Jazz, let fans know she’s “doing great” post-surgery with a smiling selfie on Instagram. “Thanks for all of the love and support,” she captioned the pic.
Earlier this month, Jazz took to her YouTube channel to air out her feelings about the procedure. “I am so looking forward to it. I’ve been ready for this my entire life,” Jazz explained.
She went on to acknowledge that people do judge her when she talks about the surgery in depth. She knows they question why she opens up about it even at all as some deem the subject “too personal.” But, the outspoken teen wanted to share as many details as she could in order to spread awareness and educate individuals both inside and outside of the transgender community.
“I feel like education is super important and if I put out this information for people to see, they won’t have to ask anymore questions,” she said. “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 can take to help their kids, and what the journey might look like in the future — that’s why I talk about the surgery.”
“I can’t believe it, I’m going to have a vagina!” she continued.
However, Jazz did point out one downside to her gender reassignment surgery. “You know, the one sad thing is, peeing standing up is really cool and I don’t think I’ve appreciated it enough,” Jazz explained. “Now, I’m not going to be able to pee standing up.” But, other than that, Jazz knew she was “in good hands.”
“I’m not concerned about [the surgery]. I trust my surgeons,” she said. Looks like everything went according to plan. You go, girl!