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Jazz Jennings Shares Update After Undergoing Gender Confirmation Surgery

"Thanks for all of the love and support."

Ever since she was a little girl,  Jazz Jennings — who was assigned male at birth but has lived as a female with the support of her family since the age of 5, and started her transition at the age of 6 — has served as inspiration for those in the LGBTQ+ community. Today. she is a 17-year-old LGBTQ+ activist who continues to use her platform to represent those like her. 

She's made history with the world's first transgender doll inspired by her, she's starred in a "See the Real Me" Clean & Clear campaign, and she recently became the first out trans person to star in a bra campaign for teens. Jennings made waves with a powerful op-ed about how the Bathroom Bill impacted the transgender community, and has opening up about subjects that are still considered taboo on her YouTube channel and on her reality TV show, I Am Jazz.

Most recently, Jennings has been discussing her gender confirmation surgery.

She first brought up "Transfeminine Bottom Surgery" in an I Am Jazz episode from June 2017, expressing her interest in having it done before finishing high school. At the time, she acknowledged that it was a taboo subject and rude for people to ask, but was something that needed to be talked about, especially for trans youth.

"I know a lot of trans people don't like to talk about [bottom surgery] and everyone says what is in between your legs doesn't matter, and I agree, but I also think it's important to talk about it," Jennings told Us Weekly. "Someone needs to step forward so they can see. It's rude to just ask people if they have had their bottom surgery, but I want to talk about it so people will know they can stop asking."

The YouTube star later shared a video on June 1, 2018 about the surgery to help educate the public.

In the video she explained how she has been ready for her surgery, which was scheduled for June 26, "for so long" and she once again stressed the need for more transparency and openness.

"If I put out this information for people to see, they won't need to ask any more questions. Also, it's educational within the community as well," she explained. "A lot of parents who have transgender kids are like, 'What do I do? I don't know much about this process.' Seeing our show kind of helps them figure out what steps they could take to help their kids and what the journey might look like in the future [for them]."

She also pointed out that the procedure she is having is more experimental because she has been on blockers from a young age which has suppressed tissue from developing, which is something to be aware of as there are a number of young trans youth who could be in similar situations. 

Jennings revealed the surgery will be covered on I Am Jazz and she will be sharing her thoughts and recovery progress on YouTube, too.

True to her word, Jennings posted an update on Instagram after having her surgery.

She posted a smiling selfie with the caption. "Thanks for all of the love and support."

Here's to a speedy recovery, Jazz.

(H/T: ET Online)

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