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I Am Jazz Book Reading Event
December 7 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Please join us in this family-friendly book reading event to raise awareness and education about transgender and gender-expansive youth. The event is intended for children and families to learn more about gender diversity so that we may practice inclusion in our local communities. There will be child-centered interactive games/discussion led by Diversity Center Staff as well as a reading of the book. Please come and show your support!
The nationwide day of I Am Jazz readings is inspired by the more than 600 residents of tiny Mount Horeb, Wisc., who in 2015 unequivocally supported a young transgender student and her family and rebuked bigotry and censorship by showing up for a public reading of the book. The reading was organized by a caring local parent after legal threats by an outside anti-LGBTQ hate group forced the transgender student’s school to cancel plans to support her by reading the book in class.
Days after the outpouring of support, the Mount Horeb school board adopted inclusive measures fully accommodating transgender students. Said one board member: “We will not be intimidated, and we will teach tolerance and will be accepting to everyone.”
Co-sponsored by TransFamilies of Santa Cruz, The Diversity Center and Santa Cruz Public Libraries with Support from the Human Rights Campaign.
The national reading effort is sponsored by HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools program and the National Education Association (NEA) EdJustice. It unites in action youth, educators, and allies across the country who are hosting readings of I Am Jazz in hundreds of schools, churches, bookstores, homes, and community centers in states across the country.