MMSD supports transgender and nonbinary youth with "I Am Jazz" book reading

Published: Dec. 7, 2017 at 9:48 PM CST
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Madison Metro School District is one of hundreds of schools across the country supporting transgender and nonbinary youth as part of a national effort that all started in Mount Horeb two years ago.

The Madison Children's Museum hosted a reading of “I am Jazz.” It is a book for children written by a transgender teen. Back 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 daughter’s transition. A parent complained and the Liberty Counsel got involved who then threatened to sue the Mount Horeb Area School District if it 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 about 600 people.

"It gives me hope, honestly. A lot of hope for our future and the future of LGBT children and youth and families. They are very at risk for mental health conditions just because of a lot of negativity that's coming at them from our culture and the messages they receive," said Amy Lyle.

Lyle organized the book reading in 2015.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the National Education Association are co-sponsoring the effort to read “I Am Jazz” to kids.