In December of 2015 an anti-LGBTQ hate group threatened legal action against a school in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, that was attempting to make a 6-year-old transgender student feel accepted and loved and had decided to read the book at a school event. The community instead came out en masse to support the reading event.
Every year since, readers across the country gather to read the book and celebrate diversity and inclusion.
The National Education Association and the Human Rights Campaign joined to participate in this effort.
On February 28, 2019, NEA president Lily Eskelsen García will join the Human Rights Campaign to read I Am Jazz and Julián is a Mermaid at a local school. This event will be part of a nationwide reading event. Here is how you can join!
I Am Jazz: Reading a Children’s Book to Help Understand Transgender Topics in Elementary School (Human Rights Campaign Welcoming Schools Project)
I Am Jazz authors discuss their book
Understanding Gender (Match Fishtank)
“I am honored to join more than 200 communities across the nation as we stand with transgender and non-binary youth in National I Am Jazz Day of readings. Now more than ever, we take this opportunity for educators, schools, and communities to send a powerful message of love, support, and affirmation for transgender and non-binary students. As this administration threatens our students and our values, we will double-down on our efforts to protect our most vulnerable citizens.” NEA President Lily Eskelsen García