Jazz has been a trailblazer in the LGBTQ+ community since 2007 when she appeared on 20/20 with Barbara Walters. Since then, she’s been featured on a variety of major programs and news outlets, including a 20/20 update with Barbara Walters when she was 11, Katie Couric twice, Oprah: Where are the Now?, Dr. Drew, Nightline, Dateline, MSNBC, 60 Minutes, Dr. Oz, Time Magazine, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, Elle Magazine, the Rosie Show, The Meredith Vieira Show, The View, an Oprah Winfrey Network documentary, “I am Jazz: A family in Transition” and many others. Jazz also plays Zadie, one of the first animated transgender characters in, Amazon’s, “Danger & Eggs,”, plays Lily in Hulu’s “The Bravest Knight” and starred in the film, “Denim.”
In recognition of Jazz’s advocacy work, she has accumulated numerous prestigious awards, honors and recognitions, including TIME Magazine’s Most Influential Teens (2014 and 2015). Jazz is the youngest recipient of the Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award, the youngest person ever to be recognized in The Advocate magazine’s, “Top Forty Under 40” annual list, OUT Magazine’s Top 100 list, the 2014 Trans100 list, and in 2014, she became the youngest recipient of the Equality Florida “Voice for Equality” Award. Jazz is also the recipient of LogoTV’s 2014 youth Trailblazer Award and was listed on Huffington Post’s 14 Most Fearless Teens of 2014.
In March of 2015, Jazz and her family were the recipients of the Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project, and in May of 2015, she received the Harvey Milk and Pride Center’s Diversity Honors Youth Award. In June of 2015, Jazz was invited to the White House, where she met President Obama, and in October of 2015, she was honored as Miss Teen Pride USA. In August of 2016, Jazz was recognized on Teen Vogue’s “21 under 21” list. Jazz is also the recipient of the 2015 Trevor Youth Courage Award. In December of 2015, she was honored alongside Caitlyn Jenner at the, “Angels of Change” fundraiser through the LA Children’s Hospital. Additionally, Jazz is the recipient of Equality California’s 2017 Equality Visibility Award, HRC’s Upstander Award for 2017, SAVE’s Champions of Change award for 2017, Equality Illinois 2018 Spotlight Award, TLC’s 2018, “Give A Little” Award and the Stonewall National Museum 2019 Visibility Award.
Moreover, aside from Jazz’s advocacy work and recognitions, she also co-wrote a children’s picture book with Jessica Herthel titled “I Am Jazz” in 2014. Furthermore, Jazz’s memoir, “Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen” was released in bookstores and digitally on June 7th, 2016. Christine Connelly, a member of the board of directors for the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth, stated, “She was the first young person who picked up the national spotlight, went on TV and was able to articulate her perspective and point of view with such innocence.” Today, Jazz and her family continue to participate in many projects with a goal to educate and spread the message of tolerance and acceptance for all transkids.