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Transgender reality star Jazz Jennings slams legislators for banning her children’s book

Transgender reality star Jazz Jennings, 21, SLAMS legislators for banning her children’s book ‘all across the country’ over claims it ‘brainwashes and recruits kids into being LGBTQ’

  • The 21-year-old is a reality television personality is one of the youngest people to publicly come out as trans
  • The YouTube personality released her children’s book, I Am Jazz, in 2014 and published her memoir, Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen in 2016
  • The vocal advocate for LGBTQ rights documents her life on the popular TLC show, I Am Jazz
  • It comes after the American Library Association revealed in April that there were a record-breaking 700 challenges to materials in 2021
  • It confirmed that most of books targeted had Black or LGBTQ authors or subjects
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I Am Jazz star Jazz Jennings has called out the discrimination she faces as a trans woman as her children’s book, I Am Jazz, continues to be banned from libraries nationwide.

In a video shared to her Instagram account on Tuesday, the 21-year-old made it clear she was furious with legislators who were prohibiting the inclusion of her 2014 book from libraries due to their fears it might ‘recruit’ kids into being LGBTQ+.

The YouTube personality – who is one of the youngest people to publicly come out as trans – began in the clip: ‘My name is Jazz and I was assigned male at birth. At age two, I expressed I knew I was a girl. At age five, I began my social transition.

Stop this: Jazz Jennings has called out the discrimination against LGBTQ+ authors as her children's book, I Am Jazz, continues to be banned from libraries nationwide

Stop this: Jazz Jennings has called out the discrimination against LGBTQ+ authors as her children’s book, I Am Jazz, continues to be banned from libraries nationwide

‘And today, despite living my life as a proud trans woman, my children’s book I Am Jazz is banned all over the country.’

She continued: ‘Legislators ban the book out of fear that it will recruit or brainwash kids into being LGBTQ+. It does not.’

In March, Jazz’s home state Florida passed the Parental Rights in Education bill, which bans teaching gender definition for children at elementary schools.

The American Library Association then revealed in April that there were over 700 challenges to materials in 2021.

Not true: The 21-year-old made it clear she was furious with legislators

Fears: She claimed the ban was due to fears it might 'recruit' kids into being LGBTQ+

Not true: The 21-year-old made it clear she was furious with legislators who were prohibiting the inclusion of her 2013 book from libraries due to fears it might ‘recruit’ kids into being LGBTQ+

Inclusion: Jazz co-wrote the book with Jessica Herthel when she was just 14-year-old

Inclusion: Jazz co-wrote the book with Jessica Herthel when she was just 14-year-old

This is the most the organization has seen since it began compiling data 20 years ago, and it confirmed that most of books targeted had Black or LGBTQ authors or subjects.

Jazz continued: ‘The book is about identity and it helps so many transgender youth learn about their personal self identity and who they are and it helps families better support their transgender child and friends better support their transgender friend.

‘LGBTQ+ people belong. Allowing us to share our stories creates a more inclusive and welcoming world for all people.’

‘STOP BANNING MY BOOK.’ LGBTQ+ PEOPLE BELONG’, she captioned the clip.

Famous face: The reality television personality is one of the youngest people to publicly come out as trans

Famous face: The reality television personality is one of the youngest people to publicly come out as trans

Role model: Jazz was diagnosed with gender dysphoria at the age of five and has documented her journey in various forms over the years

Role model: Jazz was diagnosed with gender dysphoria at the age of five and has documented her journey in various forms over the years

Educating: Jazz Jennings with Barbara Walters

Sharing her story: Jazz Jennings with Meredith Vieira

Sharing her story: Jazz sat down with Barbara Walters in 2007 at the age of six where she talked about being born male but living as a female since Kindergarten – also pictured with Meredith Vieira

Jazz co-wrote the book with Jessica Herthel, which details her life as a transgender child, when she was just 14-year-old.

However, it quickly proved to be controversial and soon ended up on multiple banned lists across the country.

It even appeared on the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom’s list of Top 10 Banned and Challenged Books by 2015, while the book sat as number 13 on the association’s list of the 100 most banned or challenged books of the decade, from 2010 through 2019.

Big name interview: Jazz's profile was raised by Oprah Winrey in 2011 when I Am Jazz: A Family in Transition premiered on the Oprah Winfrey Network

Big name interview: Jazz’s profile was raised by Oprah Winrey in 2011 when I Am Jazz: A Family in Transition premiered on the Oprah Winfrey Network

TV star: The seventh season oh her hit TLC series, I Am Jazz, premiered on November 2021

TV star: The seventh season oh her hit TLC series, I Am Jazz, premiered on November 2021

Jazz was diagnosed with gender dysphoria at the age of five and got gender confirmation surgery in 2018.

She first sat down with Barbara Walters in 2007 at the age of six where she talked about being born male but living as a female since Kindergarten, and she was later given her own TLC series, I Am Jazz, in 2015.

The reality show was groundbreaking as it followed her navigating life and her transition with the support of her family, and the seventh season premiered in November 2021.

As an adult she continues to speak up about the discrimination being faced by the trans community and advocate for LGBTQ rights.

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