TLC has announced that its docuseries I Am Jazz will re for a second season. The first season had viewers follow Jazz as she faced decisions regarding her health, pursuing her passion for soccer, spending more time with friends, and navigating the dating world, and the show will continue to follow the life of 15-year-old Jazz—as she balances school, sports, family, and more—documenting her triumphs and struggles from the perspective of a transgender teen.
As Jazz told Out last year when the show premiered:
"You know, a lot of people think that growing up it was hard for me, that people were stopping me in the streets and stuff like that. But actually, I’ve gotten to live the average teenage girl life, or just the average girl life. In the community, no one really recognized me before the show. So I was just doing my thing, doing whatever. People knew I was transgender, but y’know, I had my close friends, I had my family, so it didn’t really matter what they thought. So yeah, I really just lived a normal life, and I would say that I continue to live a normal life even though every now and then someone stops and asks for a picture. But I still get my privacy Jazz time."
Jazz, who co-authored the book I Am Jazz, recently wrote an eloquent column in the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal after a Wisconsin school canceled the reading her book due to right-wing pressure.
“I was sad to find out that a small group of parents forced Johnson to cancel the reading... My book can help, I think, but I know from my own experience that it is adults like my parents and Johnson who can make sure that transgender children are treated fairly at school and given the same opportunities to succeed in life...
“I have been sharing my story for almost a decade because I don't want anyone else to feel alone or scared... I hope that I Am Jazz continues to open people’s hearts by helping them to understand what it is like to be transgender. I am proud to see so many people support transgender students in Wisconsin, and I hope that it will also help the Mt. Horeb student love and enjoy life as her authentic self.”
Jazz and her parents, Greg and Jeanette, founded the Transkids Purple Rainbow Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to support transgender youth and their families. The family lives in South Florida.