Jazz Jennings Talks Depression, Cyberbullying, and More

Let’s be real: Jazz Jennings is basically the teenager we wish we could have been. Smart, confident, and wise beyond her years, Jazz seems like she knows all the answers. And it turns out- she does!

In a recent interview with Teen Vogue, Jazz opened up about depression, bullies, and the advice she would give to other trans teens.

On dealing with depression…

“I definitely think when I’m feeling super down or having tantrums or not able to participate in any activities, I have to control myself. I have to tell myself, ‘no, focus, focus, focus, do this, do this, do this.’ Instead of shutting down, I encourage myself to think positively and move towards the light. I encourage myself to shut out the depression and then I will be happy.”

On cyberbullies on social media…

“It motivates me because it shows me that there is still more education that needs to happen. I will continue advocating for my community until it’s resolved, and the hate is gone.”

On the advice she would give trans kids whose parents don’t accept them…

“Some people just have parents who neglect and don’t really love their children. It’s hard to say that, but it’s true. If kids have parents like that, they need to create their own family. Find people who accept you and let you be your authentic self. If you have parents who love you but just don’t understand, they will come around.”

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Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and The Challenge. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her taking an absurd amount of photos of her tuxedo cat Tom.