The vacations have a style of turning tables on grinches — whether they be in Whoville or in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.
This particular story of family love and community adoption began back in 2015 when a 6-year-old girl “re coming out” as transgender. The girl’s mama, Sarah, and her school had her back and worked together to figure out how to make sure both the girl and her classmates were informed and comfortable with this news. The school decided to host a book reading of “I Am Jazz, ” co-authored by trans youth ambassador Jazz Jennings and author Jessica Herthel, which discusses gender identity.
Sounds harmless, right? Well…
The grinches — in this case, the Liberty Council, an anti-LGBTQ law group — came to town demanding the event be cancelled. Little did they know how this would backfire.
Parents were given the opportunity to have their children opt-out of the read, but that wasn’t enough for Liberty Council. Dreading a lawsuit, administrators at Mount Horeb Primary Center cancelled the read, sending an unfortunate message to the 6-year-old trans girl who was just looking to be accepted.
Just when it looked like all was lost, a stranger came through to save the day.
A concerned mother named Amy was distraught over the fact that a hateful organisation was able to roll into township and bully a 6-year-old. Though she didn’t know the girl, Amy and her family wanted to help. She signed up for a room at the local library to host a read of “I Am Jazz” of her own.
She expected 15 people. 600 proved up.
Each year since, people around the country have hosted their own “I Am Jazz” reads. This year’s will be bigger than ever.
Thanks to the Human Right Campaign, more than 200 reads are scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, to show subsistence and adoption for trans kids.
Looking back on that day in 2015, it’s hard not to wonder if the Liberty Council ever regrets not letting the school just host its reading so one student could feel a little safer and more welcomed. In trying to closed it down, they accidentally helped create a movement.
Watch a short video about the Mount Horeb reading and the history of the “I Am Jazz” day of reading below.
For more information on how you can host a future event or finding one near you, visit hrc.org/ IAmJazz .
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