Despite a number of complications, Jazz Jennings’ gender confirmation surgery last year was a major milestone in her life.
But her story continues.
Jazz is now an adult, and she has just announced that she will be attending Harvard University!
On Tuesday, May 14, I Am Jazz star Jazz Jennings shared some powerfully exciting news on social media.
First and foremost, followers saw her photo in a Harvard hoodie.
"#Harvard2023," her Instagram caption began.
"I am so stoked for this next chapter of my life," Jazz gushed.
She expressed: "Feeling so blessed and grateful right now."
"Thank you so much to my incredible family," Jazz wrote. "For your unconditional love and support."
Her parents and brothers have been firm supporters of hers since she was a very small child.
She affirmed that "none of this would be possible without all of you."
"I can’t wait for what’s to come!" Jazz concluded.
Her excitement is palpable, folks. This is so exciting!
Jazz is grateful to her family, and they are of course overjoyed about her acceptance.
Her older brother, Sander, was overjoyed, and took to Instagram to say so.
"I am the most proud brother on the planet," Sander raved in a comment below Jazz’s post.
He gushed: "You continue to amaze me."
Jazz is an activist, an advocate, a reality star, a civil rights icon, and now a Harvard student.
There is a lot for which to be proud.
Family weren’t the only ones who were thrilled on Jazz’s behalf.
Katie Couric shared her delight at the news.
"!!!!!!!!!!!!CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Couric wrote. "So so happy for you!"
Several years ago, Katie Couric asked inappropriate questions of a trans woman during an interview.
Since then, she has gone out of her way to learn more about trans folks and how she can be a better ally.
Fellow trans celebrity Gia Gunn praised Jazz, writing: "Looking radiant honey."
Jazz is about to start the next chapter of her life, and her fans are thrilled.
Since she was a young child, Jazz was vocal about her gender.
Because she spoke so eloquently and clearly, Jazz was interviewed numerous times from an early age.
This was part of what allowed her to launch a successful reality show, I Am Jazz, which allowed even more people to watch her grow up.
Jazz’s latest milestone on her personal journey was undergoing bottom surgery last year
Now, Jazz is 18 years old and destined for an Ivy League education.
Given the news that I Am Jazz was already renewed for Season 6 by TLC, we have to wonder about what is to come.
Is Jazz going to take time off from reality stardom, even though it helps her convey a powerful message of acceptance to viewers?
Or … is there any chance that the cameras are going to follow her as she attends Harvard?
Only Jazz (and perhaps some university staff) can make that call.
Jazz Jennings has unfortunately been the target of hate and harassment.
Trans women are barraged by vile messages every day. Unfortunately, this happens even more to famous trans women.
In the summer of 2017, Derick Dillard harassed Jazz Jennings and got fired by TLC over his bigoted tweets.
Though she is no stranger to targeted bullying, we hope that Jazz’s college experience will be a lot more positive.
She won’t be the first trans woman or the first celebrity to get an Ivy League education. We hope that she has a great time!