“I feel so lucky that I have a mother as amazing as she is.If I didn’t have such a supporting family I don’t know what I would’ve done.“I hear the stories, and I met some [of these young people] and they just cry, ‘Why can’t my mom be like you?

“It was the best thing we’ve ever done.” With Jazz ripe into Tweendom and approaching puberty, the family continues to tell their story as they help Jazz explore options towards growing into the young woman she desires to be.

“It’s not a magic pill by any means,” Jeanette says of the hormone-blocking medicine that will suppress Jazz’s male puberty, in effect stopping Jazz from developing male secondary physical traits and buying the family some time to weigh their options, including undergoing hormone therapy to achieve physical female transition.

It’s just amazing that I have such amazing people in my life.” “This is one of the reasons we have the foundation,” Jeanette says of starting the Trans Kids Purple Rainbow Foundation.

“It’s a huge driving force because I know that whatever happens with us, we’ll make ends meet and we’ll figure out a way to pay for [the medicine].

But there are people that there’s just no way that they’ll even come close to affording any type of medication.” Forced out of their homes and into shelters and often onto the streets, Jeanette cites stories of young trans people she’s met who are forced into prostitution to pay for hormones “on the black market” as motivation for her to keep telling her family’s story.

“These are the kids I really want to reach,” she says of her personal advocacy.“I titled that drawer, ‘Something for the future’,” Jazz tells me over the phone of her box of bras, “and then I put an arrow and wrote, ‘Or now’, because I’m desperate to wear it right now.” Jazz says she wears the second-hand underwear “all the time,” trying them on in the privacy of her bedroom “continuously.” Recently, she was daring enough to leave the house in one of them, getting to her fifth-grade class unnoticed by her parents.“But some of the girls noticed it,” her mother Jeanette chimed in. “ girl noticed it, and she wouldn’t have questioned me if she didn’t know I was transgender.” At 11, girls begin breaking out of the prepubescent pack.And me as a person, I’m wrong.” What makes it such a powerful film is the family’s solidarity when it comes to supporting their baby daughter/sister Jazz.One of her twin brothers, Sander calls her “the whole package” while her father brought me to tears when he read an email he sent to the soccer board, pleading for them to allow Jazz to play with her girls soccer team.“It’s hard,” Jeanette says of the medical interventions her family must weigh in support of Jazz. I’d rather have to do something like that than the consequences of having her body develop like my husband …