December 05, 2017 11:00 AM

Jazz Jennings will be giving audiences a glimpse of “a new Jazz” come January.

When the TLC reality series I am Jazz returns next month, viewers will catch up with the 17-year-old transgender teen and LGBTQ rights advocate, who is practicing her independence, experimenting with her sexuality and struggling with weight gain — and PEOPLE has the exclusive sneak peek at the season 4 supertease!

While out shopping, the high school junior is surprised when her friend suggests that she meet a girl she knows.

“I happened to meet a girl who I think you would really like,” Jennings is told.

Although Jennings is initially taken aback by being set up with a female, she is open-minded about an introduction.

“This is a good time to experiment with my sexuality,” shares Jennings, who meets the girl on a group outing and later spends one-to-one time with her. “The more I get to know her, the more I am attracted to her.”

Courtesy TLC

Also in the fourth season, Jennings will open up about her battle with overeating, which results in weight gain: “My eating habits are beyond my control.”

In order to move forward with her gender confirmation surgery, she is told that she must lose 30 pounds.

“I really feel like a beached whale,” she tells her friends.

Courtesy TLC

In an upcoming episode, Jazz is out asking for donations when she gets into a heated discussion with a man who disagrees with her lifestyle.

“You don’t love who you are. You were born a certain way, you don’t love how you were born apparently,” he tells her.

“Don’t tell me if I don’t love myself because I know who I love, not you,” she fires back.

Season 4 of I am Jazz premieres Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 10 p.m. ET on TLC, and later moves to 9 p.m. ET on Jan. 23.

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