During the latest episode of the TLC show, “I Am Jazz,” which aired on January 22, fans got their first look at how Jazz Jennings’ gender reassignment surgery went.

Most of the show focused the hours leading up to the surgery that Jazz says she has waited the majority of her life for.

Jazz, who is now 18, remained elated despite the severity of the surgery, refusing to be nervous and only allowing herself to feel excited.

The reality star shared this snippet of the morning of her surgery on her Instagram:

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Tune in to @tlc at the new time of 9/8c to see Part 1 of my surgery journey!! It’s devastating that the Trump administration has to have their big ”win” right on the day that I share an incredibly personal step of my life journey. Hopefully my story can help in some way by humanizing the transgender experience because clearly our government doesn't treat transgender individuals as equal HUMAN citizens of this country. — Anyway, this is footage from the morning of the operation. Despite waking up before 4AM, I only remember feeling pure ecstasy. It was the happiest day of my life!!?The whole day felt so surreal; it was like I was in a dream. Once we got to the hospital, I was so at peace and ready to go. You'll have to tune in to see more! #IAmJazz ❤️❤️❤️

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She wrote, in part:

“…this is footage from the morning of the operation. Despite waking up before 4AM, I only remember feeling pure ecstasy. It was the happiest day of my life!! The whole day felt so surreal; it was like I was in a dream. Once we got to the hospital, I was so at peace and ready to go. You’ll have to tune in to see more!”

But while Jazz didn’t show much more emotion than excitement, her mom, Jenette, did.

When talking to the camera in a hallway of the New York hospital where Jazz’s surgery was taking place, the proud mom reflected on how she was feeling about her daughter, who was once her son.

She said:

“There’s a tiny bit of, ‘Wow, I gave birth to this little boy and the last reminder of that will be gone.’ But that’s okay, it’s just weird. It’s just like, you know, she was born — ‘it’s a boy!’ Now, I have a girl. And I’m thrilled for her, because look at how happy she is.

I’m just overwhelmed that it’s happening. I don’t want her to see me like this. This is a huge thing, she waited for this for so long and it’s here and I’m just happy for her.”

The teenager continued on Instagram:

From the beginning, this has always been about family. This wasn’t an individual journey whatsoever, we truly are a family in transition. If it weren’t for the unconditional love of these five amazing people, I wouldn’t be the same girl. Love you fam, and I love all of my fans! Thanks for following my life and supporting me throughout the years. Keep spreading love and positivity!!

Jazz has been in recovery since the surgery that took place in June. Things are reportedly going well after a brief complication immediately following the procedure.

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33 Replies to “Jazz Jennings’ Mom Becomes Emotional Before Daughter’s Reassignment Surgery: ‘It’s Just Weird’”

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Very sad situation! There will be life long repercussions and mental and physical problems. Your real gender never changes! How sad and sick!

    • James 2 years ago

      Lifelong reprocussions? Like happiness? I’ve been in my transition for over three years, and I’m healthy both mentally and physically. The only thing “sad and sick” is your ignorance.

      • ALC 2 years ago

        No, you are fooling yourself. You will never be truly happy. You are who you were born as. Chop off or add all you want, but you will always be who you were born as. “Jazz” needed deep mental therapy. Same with all “Trans” people. DNA does not lie. Female is female, male is male. Chop off a man’s p**** and put on a wig even give Estrogen (which is not safe for men, testosterone is not good for women) he still isnt a woman. DNA test will show male.

        • Zane 2 years ago

          Biological sex does not change, but gender is not biological sex. Gender is an idea that supersedes the physical world, much like loyalty, courage, or love. It cannot be solely defined by DNA or physical characteristics. Gender relates more to a person’s mental and emotional state, method of presentation, and condition of society. Things are labeled as feminine or masculine, even colors (although pink was considered a manly color until it was used by the Nazi party to label homosexuals in concentration camps). Society constantly changes, and there are different standards in every time period and area of the world. In Scotland, a kilt would be seen as perfectly appropriate. In America, it would be bizarre. In the 18th century and before, makeup on men was considered a sign of class and wealth. Today, in most areas, it’s considered to be a non-masculine behavior. Physical sex does not keep anyone from taking part in feminine or masculine behaviors, but if a person aligns with a certain channel of behavior, it can be said that they are either feminine or masculine. This is not at all limited by physical sex. On another note, as humans, we do not refer to each other as ‘human’ and human alone. We give each other names. These names do not correspond to our DNA, because names are not coded within our genes. Our names are given to us by parents, who usually choose based on the styles of the times. Pronouns, which are linked to these names, are also not limited by physical sex. The mind is a fluid place, more closely related to the soul than the physical body (and yes, I am a Catholic who is confident in the immortal soul of a person). It is perfectly reasonable to believe a person’s mind does not necessarily correspond to the initial circumstances given to it by nature or by society. Just because a girl hates dresses while young doesn’t mean she won’t grow up to enjoy them. By extension, a boy who grows up hating dresses may one day discover he likes them as well. Our minds change. Our bodies don’t. In identity, we are our minds, not our bodies. To view a person as nothing but a body is to give them the value of a slab of meat. Because our minds are not restricted to the physical world, it is unreasonable to say that gender is defined solely by DNA.

        • Anonymous 2 years ago

          How ignorant people are about genders, genetics, and biology. Genetically there are more than xx (female) and xy (male) including xxy and xxx. In the coming years more may be discovered during scientific research.

        • Joandmacie 2 years ago

          Are you aware that men produce estrogen and women produce testosterone? I’ve been undergoing fertility treatments for almost 2 years, and my husband and I have to provide blood samples (sometimes several times a week) to count our own individual levels of both estrogen and testosterone. Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) offen have higher levels of testosterone other women, for one. Men that have too much estrogen can experience low libido, excess breast tissue, lethargy…
          As a “gen x-er”, LGBTQ was a community I never heard of in grade school, but by high school quite a few “came out”. I was a little baffled at first, but realized they were still the same people, they just had different outlooks or desires.
          So I get that It’s a hard thing for some to wrap their heads around… I really do get it.
          But do you TRULY think that someone would go to such drastic measures just for attention or what not? If we played “opposite day” (lol) and everyone was homosexual and in the body of the opposite gender, wouldnt it make your skin crawl to imagine having a va-jay or cock-a-sorus replacing of the body part you previously had and identified yourself as? How would it feel to be expected to have relations with the someone of the same gender? I’m completely straight and cisgender, and would loathe have a pee-pee and the thought of kissing another woman, let alone MAKE LOVE to one, makes my skin crawl. And the individuals that are pansexual, asexual, bisexual, etc must experience so much more pressure by mainstream society. No wonder so many take their own lives.
          I’ve personally been persecuted by my former church for using fertility treatments. I sustained a couple of injuries while serving in the military that rendered me infertile due to fallopian tube issues and a lost ovary. The rude and callous comments from people I thought were my loving friends nearly drove me over the edge at times. I was “playing God”, or disrespecting Him, or ignoring His will.
          I’m not trying to be rude or disrespectful to anyone or their beliefs. I am retired USAF and will forever be grateful that I was lucky enough to serve and protect the rights of all citizens- citizens of all colors, all faiths, all genders, all sizes, all sexual orientations, all gender identities- ANYWAY let’s all just live and let live, be kind and living to each other, and respect each other regardless of their personal preferences, as long as they’re legal and no one is hurting another.

          • Joandmacie 2 years ago

            Not to mention there’s SEVERAL cases of hermaphrodites… it’s been about 15 years since I last formally studied this in Biological Psychology in college , but at that time they would surgically “modify” the genitalia allign gender to either the parents’ preference, the surgeon’s professional opinion, or several other factors.
            Just food for rhought.

      • Jasper 2 years ago

        You’re absolutely right, James. I haven’t been able to begin a transition yet, but just being able to dress like my real gender just makes me feel lighter. When I like my outfit and feel like I’m passing, I don’t notice it directly, but my entire day feels better.

      • Diana Medina 2 years ago

        Whats sad and sick is that stupid people dont realize you are born this way. God gave us free will to fix a wrong and she did. Im proud of her. Both my girls are Bi and my nephew has been with his life partner for over 5 years and gonna marry soon. Im with you in spirit and you are in my prayers as well.

  • Zane 2 years ago

    I’m not sure all these extreme surgeries are necessary, but it’s good that she’ll finally be able to accept herself as she is. Gender transition is painful, stressful, and emotionally difficult, but maybe this will be the final step, and she’ll finally be able to start seeing herself not as a work in progress, but a completed person ready to make the next step in her life. May God bless her, and keep her safe.

  • Wendy Lambing 2 years ago

    I love the fact that ur family is so behind u during this heart felt life changing event, best of luck to u now and forever! U r such an inspiration to all ages. .

  • Sam 2 years ago

    +1 for anonymous! This is more the result of poor upbringing.

  • Mikki 2 years ago

    Just curious, does anyone have any idea how much this kind of surgery cost?

  • Mamie 2 years ago

    I’ve watched this program since it came on. I am a conservative, Christian, Republican. I have to say that it’s not my place to judge and if it’s a sin then it’s no greater than any other sin. If Jazz is happy and healthy (mentally and physically) then I am happy for her. That is surely a beautiful young adult and God loves her. I have no clue as to what it feels like to be in the shoes of a transgender person. I refuse to hate for hate’s sake. Not sure where Trump fits in the narrative but, again, I haven’t lived the life. Just know that all of us are not hateful, judgmental, or sanctimonious because of our religious and political beliefs. We may not agree but I can respect.

    • Jonah 2 years ago

      As a fellow Christian, conservative, and Republican, this gives me hope for the human race. Understanding isn’t necessary for acceptance. Thank you for keeping an open mind in a world of intolerance and rejection.

    • Cherie 2 years ago

      You said it all in one phrase, “God loves her.” May God bless you and your loved ones!

  • Evelyn J. Pereira 2 years ago

    Wow how exciting for her.I am glad all is well with Jazz and her family . Can’t wait to see her enjoy her future ❤️ Loves you way Jazz.

  • Susan Taylor 2 years ago

    I’m happy for you Jazz. Enjoy the life you have been longing for.

  • Gypsy 2 years ago

    In 10 yrs this mom with be the mother of a child that committed suicide.

    • Carol 2 years ago

      How awful of a person you are to say such a thing you should be ashamed

  • P 2 years ago

    Good for you darling!!!!!

  • Paula Barker 2 years ago

    Good for you darling!!!!!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Been watching from the beginning. Love you Jazz❤️

  • CMcBride 2 years ago

    Jazz don’t listen to negative people. You just keep on doing you sweetheart and you will be fine. There is a saying that my Dad always said to me ” This is the first day of the rest of your life” enjoy the rest of your life. I think that your family is awesome and what every family should be when someone needs that support. I hope that your Grandfather is doing well also. Keep your head up kid!

  • Bree 2 years ago

    Jazz keep being you…..you’re a great inspiration for everyone….all the best love…..xxoo

  • Sharon Biehl 2 years ago

    I have been watching this show since the beginning, l believe un this case that Jazz is a girl and was born with male genitals,l have seen her grow from a very young child,with a loving family unit,and all the support that she has needed throughout the years,this wasn’t a spur of the moment decision, this was many years of doctors,counseling, and her seeking what she felt deep in her heart and mind,she lived as a girl since she was around 4 years old,so like l said not a spur of the moment decision, no one has the right to judge her,you are not living her life,paying her bills,it is a individual’s choice, not the choice of Haters to make her life long decisions, so go on live your lives,and let her live hers.She is happy and that’s what is important, not the voice of haters.

    • Mo 2 years ago

      Many many years of brainwashing led up to this. If course you can convince a toddler they are the wrong gender, had the parents waited until puberty was complete this little he/she would most likely be a he only, but got screwed up instead.

      • Colin Abrent 2 years ago

        To quote The Princess Bride, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Brainwashing is too commonly mistaken with values enforced during childhood. Children are influenced by their parents, as they should be. By your apparent definition, all religious families brainwash their children. Any child who grows up behaving kindly has been warped away from their primal humanity. Jazz, as a child, expressed a great desire to be a girl. The parents did nothing but support her thrihgiit those years. In a way, this gave Jazz greater control over her life than if the parents had ignored her input and forced her into the gender role she did not fit.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Don’t forget to get your prostate exam!!!!!!!

    • Jonah 2 years ago

      You’ve actually got a point. Prostate cancer isn’t caused or affected by hormone therapy, but it can complicate the administration of it. Your concern has merit.

  • Carol 2 years ago

    Jazz you never mind these awful people making horrible comments on here they are sad angry ugly people on the inside girl you be you and love you awsome new like congrats.???

  • Carol 2 years ago

    Jazz you never mind these awful people making horrible comments on here they are sad angry ugly people on the inside. girl you be you and love your awsome new life congrats.???

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    The suicide rate for transgenders is 40% that is all!

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