At 14, Jazz Jennings is at the age where one particular social topic tends to dominate all the others: dating.As many of her peers begin to go out on dates or at least think about dating, Jazz says she's not opposed to the idea of exploring a relationship. If boys like me and I like them back, then, yeah, it'll happen," she tells "Oprah: Where Are They Now?
"Boys aren't really accepting of me because I'm transgender," she explains."Not many guys have crushes on me -- at least, at my school.They think that if they like me, they'll be called 'gay' by their friends because they like another 'boy.'"Though Jazz has been presenting as female since age 5, she says that the boys at her school still don't see her as a girl.It can be an incredibly difficult matter to face, but Jazz credits her family with giving her the strength to always stand in her truth. They were able to help me realize that, by giving me unconditional love and acceptance...For far too long, transgenders lived without a sense of history as a people.The Houston Transgender Archive addresses this by actively searching out and acquiring transgender history.
The TFA research library includes journals, studies, biographies and more, both current and obscure.
The library includes both the most current information on transgender issues as well as delicate books that are hundreds of years old.
The archive holds transgender magazines dating back to 1750, transgender statuary from diverse cultures such a China, Africa and Europe, original newspapers recording transgender history dating back to the early 1700s, rare transgender books dating back to the 1600s, original transgender photos dating back to before the Civil War and other transgender artifacts dating back as far as the Roman Empire.
The historical archive creates an educational opportunity that is absolutely unique.
No other collection of transgender history like the Houston Transgender Archive is known to exist anywhere.
The collection offers students, community members and supporters a unique opportunity to access centuries of information about the transgender community.