Jazz Jennings might only be 14 years old, but already the Transgender activist is making amazing strides as role model for young people.
"Haters 'gon hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate," sang Jennings during an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday. "I can't listen to what others are saying about me. People say they want me to die [but] intolerance motivates me to keep educating…Hatred turns to motivation for me."
From a very young age Jazz knew she was different. Though born as a boy, she always saw herself as a girl. "I didn't necessarily know the word transgender, but I knew that I was different," she explained.
These days Jazz is confident in who she is and wants to encourage other young people to embrace their identities. She doesn't want those "haters" to encourage a stigma to surround anyone who is different. Instead, Jazz wants transgender youths to know that it is possible to thrive without compromising who they are as people.
"Find some friends who will love and accept you no matter what," insisted Jazz, who credits her own friends and family for helping her to grow as a "confident" transgender individual.
Despite the fact that she is still a teenager, Jazz already has a popular youtube channel and has even written her own children's book called I Am Jazz. Last year she was named one of Time Magazine's 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014.
Jazz's reality series, All That Jazz, will premiere on TLC this summer.