Transgender teen Jazz Jennings was recently featured on Oprah: Where Are They Now? and the 15-year-old spoke out on what it’s like to date as a transgender teen.
“They don’t see me as a girl…Boys really aren’t accepting of me because I’m transgender. Not many guys have crushes on me; at least, at my school. They think that if they like me, they’ll be called ‘gay’ by their friends because they like another ‘boy.'”
Even so, Jazz says she’s open to the possibility of a relationship: “I just go with the flow and see what happens. If boys like me and I like them back, then yeah, it’ll happen.”
Jazz transitioned from male to female around age five, when she was diagnosed with gender dysphoria. She is currently undergoing hormone therapy to suppress the effects of male puberty, allowing her to develop as a female.
Jazz credits her family with providing her with the strength and confidence to confront a world that’s not always accepting.
“I was born with a natural confidence inside and strength, but my parents were able to help me realize that. Not just my parents; my family…by giving me unconditional love and acceptance, I learned to love myself,” she explained of her parents, older sister and older twin brothers.
Jazz Jennings currently stars in her own reality show on TLC, I Am Jazz, which was recently renewed for its second season.
Eight additional hour-long episodes of I Am Jazz will air in 2016.
Jazz is also a published author who’s in the process of writing a memoir. She’s also a public speaker and the founder of a non-profit organization, the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation.