During the newest season of TLC’s, “I Am Jazz,” Jazz Jennings has so far undergone an intense gender reassignment surgery and introduced her new boyfriend to the world.
Soon after Jazz completed her surgery, the 18-year-old met 19-year-old Ahmir online.
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Catch a new episode of #IAmJazz tonight at 9 PM on @tlc to meet someone who holds a very special place in my heart❤️ Thank you @ahmirsteward for going on this incredible journey with me; you are one of the kindest, most creative, and brilliant people I've ever met! I hope you all like him as much I do!!?
As Dearly previously reported, Jazz felt an immediate connection to Ahmir after he reached out to her in an email:
“What happened was I created a new email address for my YouTube subscribers, the day I created the new email address I received this email from this guy. I was interested in the message he sent … something compelled me to reply and he just seemed very sincere in the message and it all just blossomed from there.”
The pair eventually became close enough that Ahmir flew down to Florida, where Jazz lives, to meet her parents.
While many of Jazz’s family members had reservations regarding her and Ahmir’s new relationship, they ultimately accepted Ahmir into their lives as well.
However, it hasn’t been as easy for Ahmir and his family.
In the newest episode, Ahmir told Jazz that his mom hasn’t been as accepting of their relationship as he originally thought she would be.
“She didn’t acknowledge you for who you were. So it was like, she would say ‘he’ and ‘that’s a man because he was born a man.'”
Jazz responded by saying:
“So she misgendered me. She just sees me as a guy.”
Ahmir added that the most hurtful thing his mom has said to him about his new relationship was, “Jazz was still a man and that I would be gay for being in a relationship with Jazz.”
“As soon as my mom said that I lost it. I’m not gay, I’m not attracted to men, and Jazz is a female so it just doesn’t make sense to me.”
However, Ahmir reassured Jazz that despite his mom’s unwillingness to accept their relationship, his feelings towards her “are not going to change.”
But Jazz worried about Ahmir’s mom potentially not letting him back into their home when he returned to Philadelphia.
Jazz said to Ahmir:
“Wait, so she’s going to kick you out of the house just because you like a girl who happens to be transgender?”
“Right, because that’s just how she is and I’m very outspoken. So yeah, that could potentially lead to me being kicked out of the house or whatever else.”
Jazz admitted that she is “really touched” by Ahmir’s willingness to stand up to his mom, but added that it is also “scary” for her to know that just because he is in a relationship with her, it could cause his whole life to be derailed.
After telling her parents about the situation, Jazz’s mom admitted she doesn’t like that fact that her daughter is dating someone with a “transphobic” family, but that she still wants to be there to support her daughter through this time.
Jazz said she never expected that they would be forced into a situation like this when it comes to their families. She ultimately asked to meet Ahmir’s mom, but he was understandably hesitant.
In the end, Ahmir and his mom agree to a phone call with Jazz. However, it ended with Ahmir’s mom saying her son isn’t telling Jazz the whole truth and Ahmir storming out.