TLC will be airing a new documentary series chronicling the life of 14-year-old transgender teen activist Jazz Jennings.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, TLC has ordered 11 episodes. They’ll center around Jennings’ experiences in high school, and the challenges transgender teens face while “avoiding male puberty.”
Jennings, assigned a male when she was born and diagnosed with gender identity disorder in 2004, wrote a children’s book inspired by her own experience as transgender, entitled I Am Jazz. Time Magazine included her in the list of 2014’s Most Influential Teens.
Her family will be included in the show, of course–her parents Greg and Jeannette, older sister Ari, and twin older brothers Griffen and Sander. Her grandparents, Jack and Jacky, are also taking part; they initially had a difficult time accepting Jazz, but have now embraced her. Her parents have always been supportive although, understandably, they worry about what she’ll face in the future.
“Jazz’s story is universal, yet unique, and we’re proud to partner with her family to share it with TLC’s audience. Jazz may be known as an author and activist, but she’s first and foremost a teenage girl with a big, brave heart, living a remarkable life,” said TLC’s GM, Nancy Daniels.
The series will air this summer, adding to the growing list of television shows that are open to the transgender conversation, including Amazon’s Transparent, an upcoming docuseries on VH1 (TransAmerica, produced by Tyra Banks), and MTV’s Lavernce Cox Presents: The T Word (Cox is the first openly transgender actor to have an Emmy nomination, for Orange Is The New Black).