My name is Jazmine and I'm on a journey for world peace. Well, if not that, i can settle for worldwide acceptance of varying gender identities and sexual orientations!
I am an out and proud transgender woman, activist for female identified queer people and am a YouTube vdeo blogger. I've been making videos for 3 years now, i started off vlogging my transition, and now I just talk about my I believe that everyone should have the freedom and acceptance to be theselves, and that everyone should have the right to their own opinion.
I made this website to voice my opinion, and to help trans* people in their transitions and in their lives.
Feel free to follow me throughout my transition!
Jazmine Khan has always been one of those people interested in making videos and documenting things, but it never occured to her that her life is worth documenting until now.
In August 2010 Jazmine came out as a transgender girl to the world and much to her surprise was shut out by her friends and family. She was kicked out of her home, being forced into homelessnes at age 14.
With no support, friends or people willing to listen to her she turned to the internet for support and found YouTube, a website where people of all colors, genders, and sexualities shared their lives in video form. She was amazed at all of the things people were doing around the world by just carrying their camera around with them... And she wanted to be a part of this online movement to freedom of self expression.
She started filming herself going through her transition... Something she had been looking for on the internet, but never found.. Taking her camera with her almost everywhere, she wanted to show others what it is REALLY like to be transgender. What it is really like to become a girl.
Just over a year later, in September 2011, Jazmine got her first opportunity to start her transition for real with the option of using hormone blockers, which would consist of a monthly injection into her lower back. The Medication, "Leuproloide Acetate" slowly releases into the body and stubs the production of the primary hormones that are being produced, in this case, testosterone. By slowing down the production of this hormone, Jazmines puberty was being almost frozen in time. That would mean things like hair growth, erections and testosterone driven mood swings would diminish to almost nothing. Jazmime quickly took up the opportunity and started getting the injections every month. She made the life altering desicion to have these "doctors appointments" filmed and uploaded to YouTube in the hopes of encouraging people to see what it is really like being a transgender girl going through the beginning stages of her transition. Something that is rarely shown so publicly.
Jazmine has been making videos for over a year and a half now, having gained a combined total of over 500 subscribers, and 300,000+ video views, she continues documenting her transition and sharing her journey with the world.
- Q: What does 'transgender' mean?
- Broadly speaking, transgender people are individuals whose gender expression and/or gender identity differs from conventional expectations based on their physical sex.
The word “transgender,” or “trans,” is an umbrella term which is often used to describe a wide range of identities and experiences, including: transsexuals, FTMs, MTFs, cross-dressers, drag queens, drag kings, two-spirits, gender queers, and many more.
In some cultures, people who transgress gender boundaries have been accepted without stigma as respected community members. The use of the term “transgender,” however, is a relatively recent phenomenon.
A transexual refers to someone who feels ‘trapped in the wrong body’, regardless of whether they move towards medically transitioning or not. Numerous barriers exist, including health, cost, availability, and stigma.
- Q: What are the causes?
- There is much research currently in progress investigating the origins of Transsexualism. Among the theories being investigated, mounting scientific research points to in utero hormonal influences, and other brain structure/brain chemical influences. For more info on biological origins research, see gires.org
Whatever the cause, gender-variant, transsexual and intersex people can simply be thought of as a part of the vast complexity and diversity that is produced by nature.
- Q: Is being transgender the same as being gay or lesbian?
- Like all other people, transgender people can be gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, or anything in between. How each person defines and experiences their own sexuality is a highly individual process. Sexual orientation should not be assumed about anyone, transgender or otherwise!