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Barbara Walters catches up with Jazz Jennings, a young girl who says she was born in the wrong body. After being diagnosed with gender dysphoria at age 5, Jazz began living as a transgender girl and has officially transitioned from male to female. SUBSCRIBE for the latest news and updates from ABC News ► http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=abcnews To read the full story and others, visit http://www.abcnews.com Watch more news stories from ABC News! Transgender ► https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjKBnFtmKKA&list=PLQOa26lW-uI-UfMJv2hQ5m2qJL00wxwYl&index=7 Parenting ► https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dJduGC3HyQ&list=PLQOa26lW-uI9vaLCJEngtgEk8w3MI7Sfr&index=4 On the surface, the Jennings and their four children are a typical American family. But when "20/20" first interviewed them, their youngest child, a kindergartener named Jazz, was already one of the youngest known cases of an early transition from male to female. From the moment he could speak, Jazz made it clear he wanted to wear a dress. At only 15 months, he would unsnap his onesies to make it look like a dress. When his parents praised Jazz as a "good boy," he would correct them, saying he was a good girl. --To read the full story and others, visit http://www.abcnews.com Follow ABC News across the web! Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/abcnews Twitter: http://twitter.com/ABC Instagram: https://instagram.com/ABCNews/ The LGBTQ community is becoming a more vocal minority, looking for equal treatment on issues from marriage equality to anti-discrimination in the workplace. Watch stories about how the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer population aims to address stigma, discrimination and prejudice. See stories of hate crimes, health disparities, and violence against their marginalized groups. Turn to ABC News for the latest gay news, breaking stories on transgenders, and discussions on gender dysphoria. Join the discussion and find more about issues of sexual orientation, gender inequality and gender identity. Stay up to date with these videos and view all photos and more with with ABC News. 20/20 , with the help of Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir, combines hard hitting investigative reports, compelling human interest pieces, and newsmaker interviews. A staple of primetime television on Friday nights for over 3 decades, 20/20 has remained a leader in American TV news magazines broadcasting on ABC. The in-depth story packages can be seen Friday nights at 10|9c. Make ABC News your daily news outlet for breaking national and world news, broadcast video coverage, and exclusive interviews that will help you stay up to date on the events shaping our world. ABC News’ show roster has both leaders in daily evening and morning programming. Kick start your weekday mornings with news updates from Good Morning America (GMA) and Sundays with This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Get your evening fix with 20/20, Nightline, and ABC World News Tonight with David Muir. Head to abc.go.com for programming schedule and more information on ABC News.
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Abyssinia Gebeyehu (11 hours ago)
She is happy and that is all that matters
*He
Nathan Hansle (12 hours ago)
I sexually identify as an Apache helicopter.
Allin7days (16 hours ago)
First, people shouldn't butt in to somebody else's life, especially when they don't even understand the subject. I'm very sure that she goes through more hardship than you're on daily basis. How insecure are you for not being able to accept such difference? Don't you have better things to do? Go live your own life. Leave the kid alone.
Evelyn Sepulveda (16 hours ago)
He can change all of his appearance but it will always be a 👦 no matter what ....
HackingManic (23 hours ago)
Honestly idk why she has a bra on she doesn’t need it
HackingManic (23 hours ago)
3:05 damn this girl is good
splashity splash (1 day ago)
Tbh shes acually hot
Patches World (1 day ago)
ME.BTW
Patches World (1 day ago)
Trans and gay.
Grace Morris (1 day ago)
“God made you special. Their are not many girls out there with a Penis” oh my gosh I died 😂 does anyone just hear how STUPID that sounds
Colin Gaming (1 day ago)
Y’all stop hating on jazz she’s a nice girl and you should accept it
Too Sick (2 days ago)
His parents are going to hate them selves when Jazz kills him self in his 20s when he wants his penis back!!
Joshua Ciemitis (2 days ago)
*“I’m definitely a boy that’s what I consider myself as”* well I consider myself as a school bus
The legendary Duo (2 days ago)
I really respect her as a person
Saltys Squadron (2 days ago)
I feel really bad for this kid
Ke'Andre Green (2 days ago)
So you have to be 16 to legally operate a vehicle but at 11 a boy can say I want to be a girl and it’s legal to operate on them. Wtf is wrong with this dumbass planet?
Pedo Buster (2 days ago)
Lol wtf they made anime traps a real thing 😂😂😂
Realities MSP (2 days ago)
I'm also 11 turning 12, I was born a girl but inside I'm a boy.
Adriana Luna (3 days ago)
I’m so happy for jazz let her be ! She deserves to be very happy 😃 in lifetime!! I’m so happy for her !! Enjoy your life how you like it be who you want to be in life .
Viruz_Boi (3 days ago)
Being transgender this young is a problem
LONEWOLF (3 days ago)
does it have a dick
idk my name (3 days ago)
Kill it with ice.......am I gonna be on youtube
Ninja Star (3 days ago)
Fuck you all
I Was Here (3 days ago)
aww fetus Jazz 😂💖
myron 123 (3 days ago)
i am a penis born in a boys body, when i see good looking girls i get erect and when i see ugly girls i drop to the in this sloppy mess
Aya Alamili (3 days ago)
You actually look amazing
Tony Nyemah (3 days ago)
I mean hot
Tony Nyemah (3 days ago)
She not
Jack Scrivens (4 days ago)
what a strange species, reply because I don't understand them
I am a very religious Catholic. I have undergone the Holy Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation, and I am an active churchgoer. Catholicism promotes undeniable peace through human rights, development, solidarity, and world order. As such, I completely and utterly support and commend the incredible difficulties this young woman has experienced to be her true self in a world so full of hate. Please do not allow the many transphobic individuals to hide behind a wall of faith. First and foremost, the Bible isn't perfect in expressing God's word; there is certainly human error due to the imperfect nature of humans. However, if you insist to take everything the Bible completely literally (with influenced content from hundreds and hundreds of years ago mind you), then I'm sure you never eat shellfish, never wear clothing made with different fabrics, and support sexism and slavery. Second, if you continue to believe that it is sinful, mind you that it is only God who can judge the living and the dead, and you have no reason to enforce the values of your religion upon anyone (the LGBTQA+ community is most certainly not an exception). Furthermore, true missionary work would never use disrespect or hate as an approach to spreading the word of the Lord. Everyone is entitled to believe in whatever they please and live however they wish, so long as they do not harm others. Third, please do not let those who use religion as an excuse for transphobia represent their supposed religious communities. Transphobia is the intense dislike of or prejudice against transsexual or transgender people. Please do not abuse my religion (or any religion for that matter) to justify your personal struggle of hatred toward those who are not exactly like you. *"Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness."* 1 John 2:9 Please respect others and refer to them by their preferred pronouns, names, et cetera. If you truly do not understand what it means to be transgender, please do some research. Furthermore, if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.
TAJ STURGES TRAVIS (4 days ago)
I have a transgender friend at SCHOOL his name is Rowen
Get Exposed Bro (4 days ago)
He’s weird but I’m weird too=)
CucumberAJPWYass (4 days ago)
Transgender people can go to hell
CucumberAJPWYass (4 days ago)
Trans is disgusting
yanique Boyne (4 days ago)
🤮🤢🤢🤢🤢🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮
Sam Spence (5 days ago)
Obviously indoctrinated by her parents, very sad
Jaylyn Dover (5 days ago)
You know your soccer number jazz was 22 that my cousins football number
Geo Boy (5 days ago)
Yeah , I respect transgender girls and boys too
Grayce Victoria (5 days ago)
I told my mom i like girls and she said I’m too young to know , I’m 14 and she was 6 and knew this wtf
Slim G 21 (5 days ago)
Nigga was made he couldn't get any hoes so he became one
Super Pug (5 days ago)
She is beautiful like I’m not even kidding like she is gorgeous like omggg
inoma (6 days ago)
am i the only one that doesnt agree with transgender surgery ? *k*
Dazed.gg. gg (6 days ago)
No i don't think it's right ether
Kawaii queen (6 days ago)
She is so beautiful ✨ I will always support gay trans and more we all need to love each other <3
Arian Opøien (6 days ago)
People be commenting «too young» «they dont think as an adult at that age» Like, I am pretty sure you guys knew what gender you were at the age of 6, 7 or 8. Or did you not know until you were an adult?
Jasmine Isom (6 days ago)
That so sad 😩😩😩
PunkGamerGirl (6 days ago)
oh shit its jazz i watch her show awe she was so young in there
Ketseuki Reu (7 days ago)
Ah, tbh I came out as transgender (ftm) at 11 too
Sam Spence (5 days ago)
So you're a tomboy?
Captain Obvious!?! (7 days ago)
Child abuse 😦
Grant Grant (7 days ago)
Miss Jennings I salute you
Grant Grant (7 days ago)
Jealousy speaks volumes
Ticci Toby (7 days ago)
Oh god now "she" has a TV show
Aleria Gang (7 days ago)
Let him be a girl she's quite
Katherine Rios (8 days ago)
You draw so good i get how you feel being a transgender.
kylie yeet (8 days ago)
these comments are pissing me off. the reason this all happened was because of gender dsmorphia, which basically means she felt like she was stuck in the wrong body. I don't care if your religion is against this, that's not some retarded excuse to leave something harsh about this young girl who had the courage to do something more ambitious than y'all would ever attempt.
FreakingCookie (8 days ago)
If you’re transgender, cool! I think that you should be who you want to be. But I don’t think it makes you unique. If you’re gay, you’re gay. There are hundreds and thousands of trans genders, not just one
I transgenders when I was young I used to be a boy when I was young but I’m actually a girl
Austin Ayers (8 days ago)
Es bitch is a man ion care what y'all dumbass ppl say if u born wit a penis then YOUR A MALE NOT A FEMALE. He always gonna be a male nobody what anybody says.
kylie yeet (8 days ago)
she has gender dsmorphia which means she always have felt the constantly feeling like she was in the wrong body. i understand that you are allowed to have a opinion, but this isn't a up as a discussion. this is accepting people for who they are.
matilda xx (8 days ago)
This is my opinion snd my religion but we believe (my religion) that any trans people will burn in hell its completely disgusting and way to young you are only a girl if u were born with a fucking vagina Yall going crazy 😂 however i do not hate them or gays i to have mates and family memebers who have this condition :) so dont go hating its my religion my beliefs
KimJonghyun 1990 (8 days ago)
To be honest I have always had it easy to accept people when they come out to me as either trans, bisexuall or gay. So I'm a pretty open minded person. I just really think we should accept each other for who we are because then we might have a happier tomorrow.
you are my senpai (8 days ago)
I want to hug her so bad and i want to thank her and say you're so brave
Tré (8 days ago)
This is sick
K A W Z (8 days ago)
How about when she hits puberty and starts growin facial hair and a manly figure ? Lmao
ElementalKat Crocea (8 days ago)
She had shots and pills and stuff like that to give her a female puberty instead of a male one.
Maria Maria (8 days ago)
Stop saying he, this is a girl. Not a boy.
+Maria Maria He's a boy.
Maria Maria (1 day ago)
Computer Assisted Biologically Augmented Lifeform she was born a boy, she’s now a girl. She sees herself as a girl.
Younger (6 days ago)
Maria Maria technically it’s a boy
He can be whatever he sees himself as.
God (8 days ago)
Nope.
Scoobz (8 days ago)
He should have seen thereby before making a horrible decision he is male not female
blood BEAST (9 days ago)
This is what's wrong with people Adam and Eve not adam and steve
blood BEAST (8 days ago)
Im saying god did not make people to change you are who you are don't change it
blood BEAST (8 days ago)
That's not what im saying
ElementalKat Crocea (8 days ago)
This has nothing to do with being gay.
Jay Goehring (9 days ago)
Well she's a guy, sooo...
the meme bunker (9 days ago)
Im 13 i dont like girls with pp i dont like gay people but tbh she is cute
Nena Lopez (9 days ago)
He’s a little boy. And still biologically a male.
This girl is so strong! Keep fighting!💝
April (9 days ago)
She's very pretty just like her big sister....
Sticki (9 days ago)
This is totally wrong... I’m praying for this little boy...
Rouda Med (9 days ago)
Fucking planet . A innocent boy becoming a girl and in a early age . Fuck the parents who help their children to do these crazy silly sexual things isntead of letting them being concentrated on their chilhood and innocence !! Fuck !!!
ElementalKat Crocea (8 days ago)
This isn’t sexual at all.
Clem Mckenna (9 days ago)
Jazz, you are so pretty
Sneha Gomez (9 days ago)
I and u r same age
Mali Edwards (10 days ago)
I think it is a amazing that you can chase your dreams
BenjiThe UnderDog (10 days ago)
less understanding...?! pfft
Tortoise Beach (10 days ago)
It's easier to live as an animal than to live in this world as a human being.
Barrier Boy (10 days ago)
"her room was filled with 'girly things'" what do you mean by GIRLY THINGS, babs????????
Ethan Wolf (10 days ago)
Just finished watching the video about to have a ice cold cup of bleach
Ethan Wolf (10 days ago)
Boy: oh hey your sexy Girl: thanks nigga wanna suck my dick Boy: bitch what The fuck I think all this transgender is crap is disgusting
The trash Artist (10 days ago)
When I was ten I came out to my friends and they didn’t believe me because I was young, only a few understood but then when I came out to LGBT+ friends we had a party for me (at break)
Lenian Rondon (10 days ago)
she is beautiful just the way she is
Cylo_ (10 days ago)
This nibba gay
slayyy_jakeema (10 days ago)
I am a trans food, I was born a girl but I know I am a lobster. I am a cannible lobster and I would eat my self.
slayyy_jakeema (10 days ago)
She is not a transgender she is a girl with a disorder.
JORDAN JACK (10 days ago)
Sick fuck
Dominico 18 (10 days ago)
All I will say is if you have a penis you are a man, if you don't, you are a woman. This is just ridiculous!
Parker Fog (10 days ago)
This is child abuse
Jesimiel Rodriguez (10 days ago)
I'm not gonna lie I'm a trans too but I don't plan on getting surgery I have had kids at school talk really horrible about me they treat me terribly and other kids as well yes there's some kids that love us for who we are but not everyone feels the same way about us either I've had people call me an "it" cause they thought it would be funny and wouldn't affect me but it hurt me badly and it wasn't jus kids at school who didn't accept me my parents didn't accept me either when I came out as trans they took away all my guy clothes and threw them away I've never been sooooo hurt in my life especially by my own parents I understand that God doesn't like the LGBT yes he loves them no matter what but he doesn't approve what they're doing I know God still loves me but he doesn't hate me for sure but I will leave this for everyone to listen and think about is it right for what the LGBT believe or do? No. But is it right for us to mistreat and abuse them because they're gay lesbian bi or trans? Hell no! Everyone is human some believe this some believe that we treat everyone the same way regardless because all that matters is that we're all humans
John Reen (10 days ago)
Honestly I could not tell that she was a boy. It looks she was born a girl !!!! Go jazz 👏👏👍👍👍
LaurenROBLOX (10 days ago)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAZZ!!!!!!!!
Frank Bullins (10 days ago)
How ever if some one talks to you like that they should fucking die😬😬
Shrimp (11 days ago)
D E F A B O Y
childofgod L (11 days ago)
God knows our hearts we are all beautiful the way he made us
Riley Lawniczak (11 days ago)
She is a girl with 1 more thing 1 like = 1 prayer
Constant Variable (11 days ago)
Born in the the wrong body lol Its a chemical imbalance in the brain...
Slowmotion Beat (11 days ago)
Jazz is such a great personality. I love her!! And pretty important for the lgbty community.
Vlogger Famous (11 days ago)
I am with you jazz!!! And she is a girl!!inside and out it doesn't matter what in between ur legs!!
Siphe Siguye (12 days ago)
wow this girl is inspiring

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