By Jillian Page
LGBT Perspectives editor
MONTREAL — Does it surprise anyone that Jazz Jennings is the recipient of transphobic comments? After all, whenever the mainstream media do an article about a transgender person and leave the comments sections open for readers, the vast majority of responses are often transphobic.
So now there are reports that Jazz Jennings, the 14-year-old trans girl featured on the reality-TV show I Am Jazz, has been the recipient of transphobic comments and threats, and that she receives them daily. As Cosmopolitan points out, “this is just another normal part of her day, like doing homework or studying for a test. That is absolutely heartbreaking.”
Heartbreaking or not, the show must go on, Jazz and others feel, apparently. No doubt, she is a courageous young person full of idealism, as teens are prone to be. And it is surely exciting to be a star/celebrity at such a young age, yes?
But what about her mom and dad? How do they feel about their daughter being threatened? Well, a People article previewing an episode of the show that talks about the threats has this: “Later on in the episode, the death threats cause Jazz’s mom Jeanette to wonder if the family has acted in her daughter’s best interest by sharing her story with the world.”
Hmm . . . I gotta wonder: how would the vast majority of parents deal with insults and threats against their child, whether he or she is trans or not? On the one hand, no one wants to let the bigots win. On the other, the health and safety of a child is paramount.
And then, of course, there is the money . . . But surely no one is exploiting Jazz for cash, are they?
If you were Jazz’s mother or father, what would you do?
“Let harmlessness be the keynote of your life.” — Alice Bailey