'I am Jazz' book reading Thursday

Published: Dec. 6, 2017 at 10:09 PM CST
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A children's book that once caused drama at a Mount Horeb school is now being celebrated across the country tomorrow by hundreds of schools.

In 2015, a mother of a transgender girl wanted to read the book "I am Jazz," to her daughter's elementary class to help them understand her transition. A parent complained and got the Liberty Counsel involved who then threaten to sue the Mount Horeb School District if they let the reading happen. The district canceled the reading, however, another mother organized a reading of the book at the local public library that drew in crowds of 600 people.

Now, over 400 schools are reading "I am Jazz," on Thursday to help continue the education of transgender people to children.

The Madison Children's Museum will be hosting a reading of the book on Thursday at 6 p.m. in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign and the Madison Metropolitan School District.

"I think over the last five to ten years we have seen incredible progress when it comes to social awareness and social acceptance of transgender identities," Human Rights Campaign national press secretary, Sarah McBride said.

McBride is transgender and began sharing her story while in college. She says there has been more people becoming comfortable with their transitions at a young age.

"A nationwide day of readings across the country is a massive display of solidarity for trans youth and exactly what I think they need right now," McBride said.

Madison Children's Museum "I am Jazz" reading info: