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Company Touts First 'Transgender' Doll

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By    |   Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 10:05 PM

A doll modeled on a teenage activist is being touted as the first "transgender doll," BBC News reports.

Tonner Doll Company will unveil the doll this week at the New York Toy Fair. It is based on the likeness of 16-year-old Jazz Jennings, who was born a boy, but lives as a girl.

 

Jennings first came to public notice 10 years ago during an interview with Barbara Walters about gender dysphoria, BBC reports.

"I was assigned male at birth but was a girl right from the start," Jennings writes on Facebook. "I expressed myself as a girl to my family by gravitating towards dolls, dresses, sparkles, and everything feminine. I didn't just like girly objects, but I heavily insisted that I WAS a girl."

People on social media asked how the doll could be considered "transgender" when, like other dolls, it has no genitalia. While some called it a marketing gimmick, others said it would help transgendered people find acceptance.

"I love her. A portion of my proceeds will be donated to help trans youth who are struggling," Jennings said. "I hope that it can place transgender people in a positive light by showing that we are just like all other people. Of course it is still just a regular girl doll because that's exactly what I am: a regular girl!"

The doll will go on sale this summer with a price tag of $89.

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