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One Million Moms is at it again! This time attacking a teenaged transgender role model.

One Million Moms is at it again! This time attacking a teenaged transgender role model.

iuJazz Jennings*, assigned male at birth, has loudly affirmed that she was a girl, since she could speak. She was diagnosed with gender dysphoria by age 4. Jazz is the youngest of four children, born to Greg and Jeanette. Her older siblings are a sister, Ari, and two older brothers, the twins Sander and Griffen. Jazz first acquired national prominence in 2007 when she was interviewed by Barbara Walters on 20/20. That same year her parents started the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation, of which Jazz is an honorary co-founder. A big fan of mermaids, in 2013 Jazz founded Purple Rainbow Tails, making silicone mermaid tails to raise funds for transgender kids.

In 2011, Jazz and her family were featured in the documentary I Am Jazz: A Family in Transition, which premiered on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Jazz was featured in a follow-up interview with Barbara Walters for 20/20 in 2013 to document Jazz’s two and a half year battle with the US Soccer Federation to be allowed to play on girls teams. She was successful in persuading the Soccer Federation to change its policies regarding trans youth. Today Jazz is a well known YouTube personality after having started her own YouTube channel which has gained over 150,00 subscribers.

TLC TV began airing an 11 part reality series featuring Jazz and her family this past July. The series is titled I Am Jazz. The series has caught the attention of One Million Moms (OMM) who have begun a two pronged attack on the program in an attempt to get it off the air. First they have encouraged their followers to contact TLC TV and complain about the series. Second, they have also encouraged their followers to target one specific advertising sponsor of I Am Jazz, Mitchum deodorant for Women, to get the company to pull it’s financial support for the series.

In a blogpost on their website, OMM has claimed that the team behind I Am Jazz is trying to desensitize the youth of America by representing the transgender lifestyle as normal. And secondly, intentionally using a transgender teen to attract a young audience. In a second blogpost OMM attacks Jazz’s parents for supporting her lifestyle choice and failing to give a confused child proper guidance when she expressed her dysphoria at age 2. They claim that her parents have created a psychological issue for Jazz that will require professional help.

Perhaps the saving grace is that to date, none of proposed actions attempted by OMM has been successful in achieving their goal.

*Jennings is a pseudonym.

Information for this story was gathered from Jazz’s listing on Wikipedia and this article at Huffpost.
The image of Jazz’s family was borrowed from extratv.com.
The image of Jazz as a mermaid is a screenshot from a video on her YouTube channel.

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Susan Russell

Just for the record “One Million Moms” have fewer followers on Twitter than I do … and I’m just one middle aged mom in L.A. Let’s counter their rhetoric by all means … But let’s not give them more power than they have.

JC Fisher

It doesn’t matter how many (how few) of the “One Million Mothers” there are, Susan.

What matters, is that OMM is *heard*, and TEC is not (an off-the-cuff blogpost here, or sermon there, doesn’t count). Look at a comprehensive listing, such as Joe Jervis keeps at JoeMyGod (dot com). There have to be an average of 3-5 bigoted anti-LGBT statements by prominent Christianists per day. The only thing better than following JMG to denounce them? Having (I assume) the same daily Google search for them as he does, to denounce them at the same time he finds them!

“You can’t be neutral on a moving train” – Howard Zinn

David Streever

After reading Susan’s comment on Twitter follows, I looked up One Million Moms on Twitter; 3,000. Moms Against Video Games (a parody account that posts about ‘burning nintendos to save the children’) had something like 20,000. I agree with you (re: coverage) but I just found that interesting. I wonder if 1 million moms is in decline, or simply not going to transition to the next generation?

Scott Wesley

I am grateful that, for the most part, we live in a world that is able to show understanding and care for Jazz Jennings and others who’s lives and identity do not conform to various preconceptions. That is a massive societal shift from 30 years ago. Of course there is a very long way to go, but we are going.

And then there is the sad embarrassment of “One Million Moms” and its parent organization The American Family Association. The SPLC describes the groups as hate groups. I think the importance of reflecting on this story in a context labeled Episcopal, is to be as clear as possible in asserting that “Christian” as we understand and live it, has little in common with AFA, One Million Moms/Dads, and other such organizations. I fear these types of hate organizations do vast damage to the name of Jesus.

JC Fisher

“I think the importance of reflecting on this story in a context labeled Episcopal, is to be as clear as possible in asserting that “Christian” as we understand and live it, has little in common with AFA, One Million Moms/Dads, and other such organizations. I fear these types of hate organizations do vast damage to the name of Jesus.”

Your “fear” is a *fact*, Scott. I seriously believe that if the Episcopal Church set up an Official Office of Denunciation—to denounce the bigoted pseudo-Christianity known “Christianism” (per Andrew Sullivan, as a parallel to extremist Islamism/i>) —it would be about THE most effective form of evangelism (or at least, proto-evangelism) we could take.

Again and again I hear from secularists/atheists/anti-theists (usually LGBT), whenever there’s Yet Another Christianist Bigotry-splosion, “WHERE are the supposed moderate Christians who disagree? WHY are they silent???” (And then they conclude we must agree w/ “OMM”, the AFA, the FRC, NOM, the Duggars/Duck Dynasty/Westboro Baptist/Cardinal Dolan/Archbishop Cordileone/Tony Perkins/Bryan Fischer, etc etc ad nauseum)

“Office of Denunciation”: think about it, TEC. Silence is Consent/Silence is DEATH.

Anne Bay

I could not express myself any better than what you wrote! Thank you! I like the idea of having an Episcopal office that clearly denounces these hate groups. And that is all they are, and so ignorant! As the mother of a daughter who majored in Anthropology, I learned a little from her and that is human beings are complex in every way and there is no “one size fits all.” It is to bad these women don’t go take some university courses in biology, physiology, chemistry, anthropology, etc. etc. I think a lot of the problems we are having with the evangelical right and other “conservative religious ” is that they are just so uneducated in modern facts. Again,thank you.

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