In public, they kept Jazz’s look more ambiguous or gender neutral, especially at preschool, where he was allowed to put on a pretty top but he had to wear pants. “She wasn’t allowed to wear a tutu, like the rest of the girls.
And she just kind of stood there and snapped her finger and did the tapping thing with the toe, and just looked so sad,” Renee recalled. Really heartbreaking.” The dance recital was a turning point.
The Jennings then made the difficult decision to let their son become their daughter. She is a boy but she wants to be a girl, so we let her wear a bathing suit,” said Renee.
Even Jazz’s pediatrician told the Jennings that they had a serious problem on their hands. Volker then brought out anatomically correct male and female dolls for Jazz to play with, and asked him to point out which one looked like his body. Volker, Jazz pointed to the male doll and said, “This is me now,” and then pointed to the female doll and said, “This is what I want.” No one knows why children like Jazz are transgender — there are only theories.
According to Renee, their doctor said, “‘Yes, I believe your child has gender identity disorder, and I recommend that you go to a professional.’ And I was — my mouth opened up and you literally had to scrape me off the floor,” Renee said. Marilyn Volker, a therapist who specializes in sex and gender issues, later confirmed Jazz’s diagnosis. Through the first eight weeks of pregnancy, all fetuses’ brains look exactly the same: female, nature’s default position.
“When we began to talk, and I used — whoops — the pronoun ‘he,’ I was corrected,” Dr. Only after testosterone surges in the womb do male brains start to develop differently.
When his parents praised Jazz as a “good boy,” he would correct them, saying he was a good girl. Scott said he “was in a bit of denial” about what Jazz was trying to tell them.
After all, even their rowdy twin boys, who are two years older than Jazz, had painted their nails growing up.