jazz jennings It understands how important representation of LGBTQ people is in the media. The 20-year-old transgender activist says it is with more diverse characters that people begin to recognize the beauty of our differences.
“I think with increased visibility there’s more acceptance. I think there are a lot more people out there who are saying, ‘Well, I can identify with that character, with that person, I I’m just like them,'” says Jennings, who joined Yahoo for Pride Evolution, a one-hour livestream program. “And they’re able to find their true self through that process of seeing someone like them, and They no longer feel alone and isolated for who they are. So looking at that representation really does make a difference. “
Jennings herself has often appeared in the media to share her story. His mother, Jeanette Jennings, is often by his side. It is this level of unconditional support that has encouraged the family to share their journey. In fact, Zeenat said she feels like the family has been educating the public “from day one”.
“From the moment we first went on TV with Barbara Walters, it was the reason we used to share our story with other people. For them to see that transgender children exist, and we need to listen to them and lead them. They need to obey and love with all their heart, because they already have a hard road ahead,” says Jeanette, citing constant bullying and discrimination. “And I had to tell the parents along the way, and teach them, you know, the child you have is not the child you wish you had.”
She notes that “it’s really important to know that kids are more important. It’s their birthright to be loved and to be happy. And check and take care of your ego at the door. Because it’s yours as a parent.” It’s work.”
“She’s a great mama bear,” remarks Jazz. She further praises her mothers’ support by explaining how it is a display of “unconditional love”.
“Those are her big two words: unconditional love. Loving your child unconditionally, loving yourself unconditionally. Just loving that person for who you are, and then sharing that love with everyone else,” Jazz explains.
Jazz’s mother also took note of the theme, sharing the attitude of acceptance that she deliberately chose to establish with her loved ones.
“Unconditional love teaches us to accept those we don’t know, and everyone is the same. We are all human beings who need to be treated equally and I instilled this in all my children,” Zeenat says. “He taught me the meaning of unconditional love. Being her parent, I am a better person.”
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