Jazz Jennings can repeatedly count on her mother.
In PEOPLE’s uncommon sneak behold at Tuesday’s episode of I Am Jazz, Jazz’s mother Jeanette opens up about taking a stand for her daughter from a younger age and changing into an recommend for the transgender community.
“There may be going to be a board meeting today time to resolve whether gender asserting care will seemingly be allowed in the dispute of Florida,” Jeanette shares. “And they want anyone to talk on behalf of the younger of us and provides a enhance to hormone blockers and I am that person.”
Jeanette then gets emotional about advocating for Jazz, now 22, when she became a toddler.
“With Jazz, when she became little or, you know, a minor, I became repeatedly striking out fires earlier than she bought burned,” she remembers. “I walked her into pre-college, all and sundry became whispering and pointing fingers and actual taking a discover down upon us.”
She continues, “I held my hand high and held my child’s hand and I said, ‘We’re going to lope in there and do not care what the other younger of us mediate and it would no longer subject what the individuals mediate. You are particular. You are extraordinary. You are you and I am so delighted with you and I am so proud to be your mother,’ and I am pronouncing this to a 4-one year-frail.”
She explains, “I had to reveal this to her on narrative of she became upset that the other younger of us were making fun of her for acting girly and I had to expose her, ‘It be OK, you be you. You operate you and we’re right here for you. We adore you regardless of what.'”
Jazz’s father Greg additionally reveals his give a enhance to for his wife and daughter, sharing, “Jeanette is a beefy recommend and, you know, we’re delighted with her for doing that. I’m in a position to no longer repeatedly be where she is nonetheless I am there in spirit. I mediate that’s factual for the total household. At any time when anyone of us are, whether we’re collectively or one among us is there, we’re all on the identical net page fighting for the identical trigger.”
The clip additionally reveals Jeanette at the TransAction | Equality Florida rally, where she tells the group about how she supported Jazz in receiving gender-asserting care.
“We were advised my properly being workers that 40 to 50 percent of younger of us love Jazz would strive suicide without their gender-asserting care,” she says. “Jazz herself has advised us if she became compelled to lope through male puberty, she would have taken her existence. As a younger child, she would have nightmares about having facial hair.”
“After intensive guidance from properly being workers, we promised we would operate the total lot in our energy to originate obvious that Jazz would be in a space to live as a girl,” she adds. “And he or she’s gratifying her dreams of altering the world on her hold terms, as a pupil at Harvard College. I equivalent to you, child.”
In a confessional, Jazz shares that she is grateful for her mother’s give a enhance to.
“I would no longer be the person I am today time if it weren’t for my mother,” she says. “She spreads so great unconditional prefer to all individuals, and it be no longer actual her household — love, she is an recommend, a vital power for the community. I am beyond blessed to have my mother, and I am actual so, so delighted with her.”
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I Am Jazz airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.