Jazz Jennings has become a major transgender activist since she went public with her transition in 2007, but the 15-year-old author and TV star says a lot of the boys at her school still don’t view her as a female.
In an exclusive sneak peek at Oprah Winfrey‘s series Where Are They Now? that will air Saturday night, Jennings sits down with the longtime daytime host to discuss her journey as a trans teen.
“For the most part boys aren’t really accepting of me because I am transgender and therefore not many guys have crushes on me at my school,” she tells Winfrey, 62.
“They think if they like me they will be called gay by their friends because they like another ‘boy.’ “
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Jennings was designated male at birth and later became one of the youngest people diagnosed with gender dysphoria at age 5. Since telling the world her story in 2007, she has co-authored a book about her experiences growing up trans and starred in TLC’s I Am Jazz.
While the boys at Jennings’ school still may not be open to the idea of dating her, she isn’t too worried about it.
“I just go with the flow and see what happens,” she says to Winfrey. “If boys like me and I like them back then yeah, it will happen.”
Oprah: Where Are They Now? airs Saturdays (10 p.m. ET) on OWN.