Jazmine Khan is a 19 year old trans girl from Vancouver, Canada on a mission to aid in the fight for the equality of the sexes. Since the age of 14, Jazmine has been a LGBQ and transgender rights activist and representative of various minorities, she has worked alongside multiple organizations and groups to aid in local trans awareness and acceptance, as well as on a global scale by collaborating with queer personalities online.
Jazmine has also been spreading awareness through her various media ventures on TV, radio and in film. She was one of the youngest producers for a television series in Canada, and also she was one of the youngest radio broadcasters in the city.
Jazmine will be hosting the 2016 New Westminster Pride Festival on the Canawrap Main Stage. You can also hear her every tuesday on QueerFM, broadcast live on 101.9fm in the Greater Vancouver area from 08-1030 or on CiTR.ca whenever!
Jazmine Khan has always been one of those people interested in documenting things, but it never occurred to her that her life is worth documenting until recently.
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 homelessness at the age of 14.
With no support from her family or friends, she turned to the internet for support and eventually found YouTube. A website where people of all colors, genders, and sexualities shared their lives in video form.
She was amazed at the impact a few people carrying their cameras around with them had on society and the media. She wanted to be a part of this online movement to freedom of self expression.
Jazmine then started her YouTube channel. She kept the channel name simple, the content even simpler, and started posting little vlogs. Realizing that she could make a change by posting these videos of her, she continued!
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 the person who you've always felt you truly were on the inside.
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. She upped her video quality and started increasing the regularity as well as the content of the videos, Jazmine amassed 200,000 views within 6 months of showing her true, unfiltered transition. Something that is rarely shown so publicly.
Jazmine has been making videos for over five years now, having gained a combined total of over 3000 subscribers, and 400,000+ video views, she continues documenting her life and sharing her journey with the world.
Thanks to YouTube, Jazmine has made giant steps in starting her career. She worked for a year with the company that produced the OutTv show "The Sassy Scoop" for which she was the content producer. She spread her wings and went solo, now catering to businesses and private clients who want to delve into the world of social media using video and interactive marketing.
As for activism, Jazmine has never let her voice die down and is still extremely, if not more, outspoken regarding the injustices in society that people have to face daily. Locally, Jazmine has partnered with the Vancouver Parks Board on their city wide trans and gender variant awareness ad campaign. She has also joined their Trans and Gender Variant Inclusion Committee, in which she amongst a diverse group of community members find and implement ways to make the VPB's facilities more safe and inclusive for everyone.
She has also been expanding herself in the entertainment industry. From leading in short films, to hosting large events, Jazmine does it all.