You go, girl! Transgender teen Jazz Jennings has been waiting her entire life for gender confirmation surgery, and now she’s on track to officially move forward with the procedure in June. The I Am Jazz star chatted with People about her recent weight loss — which was a requirement for her to have the surgery — and how it’s changed her life.
“I have reached the 30-pound goal! And I’ve actually lost a couple of extra pounds,” the 17-year-old said. “I’m hoping to lose about 10 more, just as my personal goal. I’m very happy with my progress, and I’m on track for my surgery!”
Now — with the reassignment procedure two months away — Jazz has a feeling of “complete excitement,” but admitted she might get a bit nervous as the date gets closer. “It hasn’t fully hit me yet that it’s happening,” she explained. “But I feel like a couple of weeks beforehand, I’ll be like, ‘Crap! This is a big operation! This is serious.’ So I’m curious to see how my mindset changes when we approach the surgery date.”
Most recently, Jazz has become an advocate for the brand, BraBoss, which creates fashion-forward and easy-to-wear bras for teens. “This is something really big for me, not just as a girl, but as a transgender teenager,” she shared. “I feel like so many people invalidate the experience of transgender girls thinking that they aren’t regular girls, but I am a normal girl. I have boobs too, and I need to wear bras as well. So this is something that I can relate to and that I want to represent.”
Jazz frequently opens up about her experiences as a transgender woman, but she also stands up for others in the LGBTQ community. When former Counting On star Derick Dillard tweeted, “‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God,” she replied, “In the face of constant ignorance and hatred I prefer to disregard negative opinions and continue moving forward with love.”