Transgender TLC reality star Jazz Jennings is recovering in the hospital after undergoing gender confirmation surgery this week.
The 17-year-old I Am Jazz star shared her first post-surgery photo to social media on Thursday, thanking fans for “all the love and support” and that she’s “doing great” following the operation.
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Earlier this month, Jazz shared with fans that her surgery was scheduled for Tuesday, June 26, in a YouTube video.
“I wanted to talk about my upcoming gender confirmation surgery,” Jennings said.
“It’s coming up so soon. June 26 is when I’m getting the surgery, so like a month away,” said Jazz. “That is insane. I am so looking forward to it. I’ve been ready for this my entire life.”
While most transgender folks tend to be more private about gender confirmation surgery, Jazz has been open with fans about her trans journey so far because she believes education is “super important.”
“If I put out this information for people to see, they won’t need to ask anymore questions. And also, it’s educational within the community as well. A lot of parents who have transgender kids are like, ‘What do I do? I don’t know much about this process.’ And seeing our show kind of helps them figure out what steps they could take to help their kids and what the journey might look like in the future.”
“It’s crazy to me. I’m going to have new genitalia. Like penis to vagina. That’s some serious s—, y’all. I can’t believe it, I’m going to have a vagina!”
Sadly, it seems there’s always a jerk crawling out to hate on someone’s parade. And Derick Dillard, formerly of TLC’s Counting On, was back to troll Jazz on Twitter.
Dillard wrote today, “This kind of thinking should not be encouraged by media. A system that allows this kind of child abuse is clearly broken.”
This kind of thinking should not be encouraged by media. A system that allows this kind of child abuse is clearly broken. https://t.co/0I38yakHnf
— Derick Dillard (@derickmdillard) June 29, 2018
This isn’t the first time the douchebag has gone after Jazz. Late last year, Dillard was fired from his reality show for attacking his fellow TLC star.
Past attacks on Jazz include calling Jazz’s reality show an “oxymoron” because Dillard believes transgenderism is a myth:
What an oxymoron… a "reality" show which follows a non-reality. "Transgender" is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it's ordained by God. https://t.co/YxzH5o5Ujx
— Derick Dillard (@derickmdillard) August 3, 2017
He also shared that he felt "pity" for Jazz for being taken advantage of to promote an agenda:
I pity Jazz, 4 those who take advantage of him in order 2 promote their agenda, including the parents who allow these kinds of decisions 2 be made by a child. It’s sad that ppl would use a juvenile this way. Again, nothing against him, just unfortunate what’s on tv these days.
— Derick Dillard (@derickmdillard) November 9, 2017
Can someone please tell Mr. Dillard to sit down and shut up?