TLC to air series about transgender teen activist Jazz Jennings

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The TLC channel will air a documentary series about transgender teen activist Jazz Jennings and her family.

Jazz Jennings arrives at the  24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards  at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on April 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD)

Jazz Jennings arrives at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on April 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD)

The channel said Thursday that the 11-episode series will follow the lives of 14-year-old Jazz, who was born male, her parents, siblings and grandparents.

TLC general manager Nancy Daniels described Jazz as having a “big, brave heart.”

Transgender themes and characters have become prominent on TV, most notably with the Golden Globe-winning comedy “Transparent” and “Orange Is the New Black” star Laverne Cox, the first openly transgender actor to earn an Emmy nomination.

The TLC series, tentatively titled “All That Jazz,” is scheduled for a summer debut.

Jennings, the name used in the series, is not the family’s real surname, a TLC spokesman said. Their south Florida hometown also is kept private.

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