Happy MLK Day: Jazz

Posted by – January 21, 2013

Jazz is an 11 year old (trans) girl who started speaking publicly about being trans when she was 6 (on 20/20 with Barbara Walters), created a trans kids network, and who recently got the US Soccer Federation to change their rules so that all children, no matter their gender identity or expression, can now play soccer. It took her 2 years to get them to change the policy.

I can’t think of anyone better to honor the legacy of Dr. King today. This is the stuff social justice is made of. Now watch how stunningly well spoken she is, too.

2 Comments on Happy MLK Day: Jazz

  1. Lizzy says:

    I don’t know what to say.

    Of course I cried a bit seeing this news clip, and I think it was partially for Jazz and her spirit , her determination, her continuing effort to let the world see her as she has been allowed to be. To allow all who will listen understand that she is just a human being who only wants to be her true self.

    But some of my tears are for all of us who have had to fight our gender dysphoria our entire lives. And I refuse to write,’if only’ in a negative way, because I now have this undying hope that we future gender dysphoric will be recognized early and be able to get the help we need, and get this help without the prejudice and hatred from the uniformed. There is no reason now to have to send so much of our lives in hiding, desperate and alone.

    And yes, on Marin Luther King Jr. Day, it is significant that we celebrate the inspired and gifted leader who showed the world that everyone should be respected.

  2. Joni Roberta says:

    I watched a couple of the ABC 20/20 videos. She is a wonderful and brave girl.

    The soccer federation rulechange is especially important, because they are very legalistic about who can and cannot play.

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