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Watch: Transgender 13-year-old makes heartfelt plea for acceptance

  • http://gentlemind.blogspot.co.uk/ gentlemind

    I happened to stumble upon the Purple Rainbow site recently. It is a fascinating, disturbing insight into legalised child abuse.
    Here is a young boy who is clearly intelligent, articulate, confident and driven by a belief in fairness. Those are wonderful things when pointing in the right direction, but they do great damage when pointing away from the truth. For this boy to be a girl, he must regard the category of Girl to pertain to a state of mind, not body (“girls are girls because they feel like girls”). Where does a sexually immature body of XX sex chromosomes fit into that view? What do we call that body, if not Girl?
    God bless him with the love and help he needs.

    • Joanne Beck

      Wow! You really have no clue do you!

    • Matt

      You keep saying ‘he’. I can only assume you’re being incredibly rude to a very courageous and inspiring young lady. What is this “great damage” you speak of, apart from a danger that you might some day think a bit and do yourself some damage? I see no indication of any issues with Jazz. You even said yourself, she is intelligent, confident and driven. I’d agree with that, but I’d add courageous to list. It must take some guts to put up with the dreary nonsense some ignorant half wits come out with. With regards to your last question, you call her a girl, because that’s what she is. I think it may be you who needs the help. Or you could take your nose out of your holy book and start living in the real world.

      • http://gentlemind.blogspot.co.uk/ gentlemind

        Hello Matt. If you call that type of body Girl, there are two types of girl – body/existing and mind/thinking. The problem is that the law only has one definition of Girl. The law does not regard Jazz to have a girl’s body. As he himself said, he did not “become” a girl – he already was a girl before he changed his appearance, since that was already his state mind.
        Can you see the problem I am raising? If his legal status as a girl is equal to those children who have XX sex chromosomes – and if he cannot have that type of body – then the only way to make him equal to them is to make them equal to him ie to treat all girls as though their girl-ness is just a feeling, not a physically real thing.

        • anon

          You need to be beaten with a clue bat.

        • Guest0757

          I am starting to recognize your username on different sites. Do you seriously spend your time surfing the net for different transgender articles just so you can post cruel and disrespectful stuff? That’s pretty pathetic. And by the way the chromosome BS argument is getting pretty old.

          • anon

            Don’t underestimate how vicious and petty christians can be.

        • David Greensmith

          Gentlemind, you ask if XX girls and non-XX girls should all be treated as though their “girl-ness” is just a feeling and not a physically real thing. Consider XX people who identify as “boy”. There you have your answer. The problem you are raising here is one that is incredibly disturbing – and it is this: “how should we view and treat our fellow human beings?” Should we allow people the freedom to express themselves in a positive way that makes them feel whole, or should we force them to conform to a set of arbitrary cultural standards? Since you focus on genetic make up, let me as you this. Should someone born with a genetic trait such as deafness, or a missing limb be regarded as “less” of a human being than someone born with the usual number of limbs, or full hearing? Should we consider the deaf person/person with the missing limb “equal” in the law to someone who complies with the usual design? After all, isn’t their “human-ness” just a “feeling” rather than a “physically real thing”? As soon as you start looking at your position in any detail, it leads you down a very dark road.

        • Matt

          You just stated the same nonsense as your first post. People have made enough points already to prove you wrong, so I’ll not make them again. What I will say though, is I think it’s a bit rich talking about what’s real and what’s in your head, what with your clear affiliation to the god squad.

          As you still insist on called Jazz by the wrong gender, I’ll not be replying to you again. Here’s some helpful advice though: Look inwardly, towards yourself and your own insecurities, before disrespectfully criticizing a perfectly happy and brave young girl.

          • http://gentlemind.blogspot.co.uk/ gentlemind

            The main points raised have been sex stereotyping, bodies, and autonomy.

            I am not perpetuating stereotypes, though the boy in the video is: girls are named Girl because of the type of body they have, not because of the clothes they wear. Yet this boy is expressing his sense of girlness by wearing the type of clothes that girls wear, thereby giving the impression that he believes Girl means “person wearing girl’s clothes”.

            It is true that some people have a sex chromosome make-up other than XY or XX, but nobody is anything other than male or female.

            The most dangerous notion put forward on this thread is that we should be free to decide who we are. In order for us to become somebody, we must first be somebody ie have an identity that exists independent of our will. Our sex is the thing we cannot not be. To run away from our sex is to run away from ourself. That is not freedom.

            God bless you. Perhaps we will talk again on another Pink News Gender-related story.

          • Erica Kensho

            You are astonishingly misinformed, rude and closeminded

            Are you aware of the fact that there are conditions where
            people can be born with chromosomes of the opposite sex. Sweyer Syndrome, de la chapelle’s Syndrome, Kleinfelter’s Syndrome, Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, can all cause people who “appear” to be one sex, to have the karyotype of the opposite sex. Speaking of opposite sex,
            are you aware that humans are not only born XX and XY. We can also be
            born:
            XXX, XXXX, XXXXX
            XXY, XXXY, XXXXY
            XYY, XYYY, XYYYY
            XXYY, XXXYY, XXYYY
            XO

            There are also people who are gender mosaic, meaning different cells in the body have different karyotypes.

            You say nobody is anything other than male or female. Wrong. Approximately 1 in 2000 children and born Intersex, possessing characteristics of both sexes, and where the sex cannot be determined from the genitals.

            Are you aware that the SRY gene on the Y chromosome only determines which direction the genitals will differentiate towards, and it is hormonal exposure while we develop in the womb that makes us feel male or female?

            Are you aware that there is virtually nothing in this world that is pure black and white. Life is full of diversity. It is infinite shades of grey, and that includes sex and gender.

            You are ignorant, and no matter what you think, science says you are WRONG, but I suspect you reject science because it contradicts your invisible sky buddy. Why do people like you even post on these threads? Just to show the world what a jackass you are?

          • anon

            Ok, you’ve denied trans people their identities. Now what? What’s your actual point?

            Why do you feel this is any of your business?

          • Danielle Grace Oliver

            I have a womans’ body (a very nice one thank you) I was born with a male one, I identify as a woman and my genetic make-up is xx and guess what I’m happy and successful, point is get over it. I am legally female even my birth certificate says female this fantastic girl, yes girl is amazing and a great role model for future generations. Can I ask are you from the UK or US? I believe in god but I believe that its a personal contract between me and god not what a 2000 year old book written after the fact says and actually doesn’t say.

    • DTNorth

      I agree.

      The boy needs help.

      He asks for acceptance, and in my mind that is enough.

      He does not need crass gender stereotyping.

      If you had any clue whatsoever about what happens in the womb you would know that there is no such thing as boy/girl.

      The labels you apply do not help. And that is what they are. Labels that you understand.

      And PS. Leave the evil GOD crap out of it. It seems to be the curse of all humanity right now. Jews / Muslims Israel / Gaza. All these sick gods are not needed or required.

      This world is tired of your f/cking gods.

      • Cal

        You and genitalmind have given yourselves away by insisting on referring to Jazz as male when she has asked to be thought of as female. This is aggressively disrespectful. Your disingenuous concerns are irrelevant.

      • Erica Kensho

        Well, how about showing Jazz a little respect and addressing HER how she wants to be addressed?

    • Theocratic Jello

      Man, if I had a dollar for every jackass that pulls this crap on me when I started transitioning, I’d be able to pay for top surgery by now.

    • Mark Y

      The only problem is in YOUR mind. And the only problem in HER mind is people like you. Why do you care so much if Jazz is happy and content? You’re a very sad and pathetic narrow minded person with issues, that projects those issues onto others and judges them because of your own insecurities Sort your own issues out before you judge others.

    • Jacqueline

      Gentlemind or small mind? Wow, your ignorance is just amazing. I will not attempt to educate you. I feel very sorry for you…. You will surely have a difficult life with such limited logic. Attempting to hurt others is evil. Don’t worry, we are blessed and don’t need your approval…Jazz: we love you

      • anon

        How did you get a heart? I want a heart.

        • Jacqueline

          Born that way…. Parents taught morals that reinforced my heart…. Feeling blessed :)

    • David Greensmith

      If you want people to take your views and questions seriously, you have to start with getting some basic facts right. Jazz is not a boy or a “he”, she is a girl. You state that Jazz must regard the category of “girl” to pertain to a state of mind, not body. Well, from what I understand of people being trans – that’s part, but not the whole story. It’s a good place to start, though. It’s down to a person to tell us who they are, not for the rest of us to force our opinion of who we think they should be on them. You ask where does the sexually immature body of XX sex chromosomes fit into that view and what do we call that body if not girl? Well, again, you’re partly right, but the devil is in the detail. Firstly, XX and XY aren’t the only options. If you didn’t realise this, Google it for more information. Secondly, an argument of the biological determinism of genetics demonstrates a misunderstanding of that subject. We see the same thing with the search for a “gay gene”. All this energy spent on a nature versus nurture argument is a waste. The argument is irrelevant. It is about individual freedom to express yourself ina way that makes you feel fulfilled. Thirdly, not all XX people identify as female. There are also trans men. What do “we” call a body with XX chromosomes? Well, since we don’t own it, it’s not for us to say. I think that Jazz, as the owner of her body is in a better position to say who she is than someone with an anti-trans agenda. You claim that Purple Rainbow is legalised child abuse. Legalised child abuse is forcing your child to confirm to a stereotype that is not congruent with how they feel. Telling children that they are entitled to determine their own identity isn’t child abuse. It’s encouragement. If you’re looking for child abuse, how about telling children they are being watched by an all powerful, all knowing being who will punish them forever in a lake of fire if they put a foot wrong. That’s a better place to start if you’re that concerned about the welfare of children.

      • http://www.chamidefremancourt.com De Frémancourt

        very well said.

    • Sarah L Nield

      Gentlemind.
      At one time I didn’t understand the full trans experience so I did what any genuine seeker did. I spoke with trans people. I listened to trans people.
      And thanks to my trans brothers and sisters explaining, I do understand that the only child abuse involved is from those who would force this kid to live against her nature on pain of verbal and physical abuse.
      On pain of eternal torture.
      Instead of writing fake concerned screeds like the ones you wrote get out and listen to trans people. There are some here, written here, who are telling you that you are wrong, very wrong. Surely those who have gone through it know better than you!
      I am going to go further. Maybe you will never understand but have a little human compassion for this kid and those not as fortunate as her in finding acceptance and back off and let her and those like her find their own way in this world.

  • nikkih777

    Very proud of Jazz and the amazing person she has become. I only wish my family had been like yours. It took me 40 years to figure things out. I basically never saw anyone Trans so I had no idea of who I was or could be. I spent most of my life feeling like a misfit.
    Gender Identity is so much more complex than XX or XY chromosomes. Science is beginning to understand all the biological factors that influence gender identity and sexual orientation such as hormonal influences in utero, genetics and genetic mutations, certain genes being switched off and unexpressed, biological factors such as Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, congenital brain development etc.
    Jazz is a great role model for Trans youth. I applaud her for that. I hope some day the world will just accept her as a girl/woman and the unique and special person she is.

  • temp

    Fantastic Girl…Show the world and lead by example.

    To people who have difficulty with this. Educate yourself first. Then stop shoehorning people into stereotypes. We are all people. However we choose to live our lives as meaningful members of the society we live in, should be 100% acceptable and is 100% right. Equality of spirit, mind, boby and society is the way to go. If we need to change laws then let’s get on with it.

    Look forward to an inclusive diverse society where everyone feels valued and accepted. Create a future, let go of the past.

  • Paula

    all i have to say yoiu can plea as much as you like it will be some time before all acceptance will be had i transition 25 years ago and have a new neighbour (A NURSE STILL GET LOADS OF ABUSE )police in norfolk uk were and are a waste of time think it will be at least another generation before things change but saying that this nurse has a three year old son and calls me a nasty old man in front of himI am f/m so the prejudice will pass on to him

  • mark abrams

    Jazz you were born male and you still are. All your cells have XX chromosomes and you can never make eggs, get pregnant or give birth. This makes you male. You can want to be something else , you can pretend to be something else and you can even mutilate to resemble something else but your chromosomes wont change and you will always be male.

    • Sarah L Nield

      mark abrams,
      Why does the idea of this kid finding her own place her own way in this world upset you so?
      Anyone would think your own masculinity was being questioned! No one is going to make you live against who you naturally are. Please don’t try and lecture this kid on who she is really!

    • Erica Kensho

      How do you know what her genetic karyotype is? How do you know what
      your own is? Are you aware of the fact that there are conditions where
      people can be born with chromosomes of the opposite sex. Sweyer
      Syndrome, de la chapelle’s Syndrome, Kleinfelter’s Syndrome, Androgen
      Insensitivity Syndrome, can all cause people who “appear” to be one sex,
      to have the karyotype of the opposite sex. Speaking of opposite sex,
      are you aware that humans are not only born XX and XY. We can also be
      born:
      XXX, XXXX, XXXXX
      XXY, XXXY, XXXXY
      XYY, XYYY, XYYYY
      XXYY, XXXYY, XXYYY

      XO
      There
      are also people who are gender mosaic, meaning different cells in the
      body have different karyotypes. Approximately 1 in 2000 children and
      born Intersex, possessing characteristics of both sexes, and where the
      sex cannot be determined from the genitals.

      Are you aware that women can be born without ovaries, a uterus, or even a vagina?

      Are you aware that in some parts of the world, people undergo spontaneous gender changes at puberty?

      Are
      you aware that the SRY gene on the Y chromosome only determines which
      direction the genitals will differentiate towards, and it is hormonal
      exposure while we develop in the womb that makes us feel male or female?

      Are
      you aware that there is virtually nothing in this world that is pure
      black and white. Life is full of diversity. It is infinite shades of
      grey, and that includes sex and gender.

      So by definition, you are ignorant, and no matter what you think, science says you are WRONG.

  • DaCoachK

    These parents have failed this child greatly, especially the father. This thing’s DNA says it is a HE. It is only its mental illness that says otherwise. Attack away, but these people were so much easier to abide when they too knew something was wrong with them. If I walked around saying that I was a 6’8″ inch black male because that is what I felt like, I’d be called crazy, yet this nonsense is fine? No, it is not. This child’s parents should be locked up for abuse.

    • Erica Kensho

      The fact that you would call a child a “thing” tells us more about your own immaturity and insecurity than any of the vomitous tripe you’ve written. Basically you’re an ignoramus who probably hasn’t opened a book since high school, has never read a research paper, and knows absolutely nothing about the science of brain gender. Honestly, nobody has to attack you. You’re doing a fine job of making a complete spectacle of yourself.

      Just do humanity a favor and never breed. No child deserves the sort of abuse someone like you would heap on them.

      You make me sick.

      • Anon

        Yeeeees for this!!

  • comfortdoll

    For a while I thought my daughter might be transgender, at around age 10-12 she insisted she was going to be a boy, wanted only boy toys & boy clothes and would only answer to a gender-neutral nickname. Some family members just tried harder to get her to “act like a girl”. I had a big problem with THEM, not her. After a while she said that most of that came from wanting to be treated more like her step-brothers (from her dad). Then I thought perhaps she was gay, but she isn’t. She later said that she knew that I and my other daughter (who is openly bisexual since she was a teen)would accept her for who she was, whatever that turned out to be, but she had issues with her dad trying to “make” her be girly & not a tomboy. This is a very rare situation, I realize. Most kids don’t push the issue unless they truly feel gay or transgender. Usually kids know long before puberty. The important thing is to let a child know you love, accept & support them…period.

  • Ben

    Jazz, the one thing I don’t believe about your video is that you really are 13. You have the maturity and articulation of someone more than twice your age. Keep doing what you’re doing, the trans community needs more people like you brave enough to speak out. You go girl!

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