Post submitted by Kimmie Fink, Welcoming Schools Consultant

The HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools program and the National Education Association (NEA) are gearing up for the National “I Am Jazz” School and Community Readings on December 7, and we want you to be a part of it by hosting an event in your community.

Now more than ever it is important that we show our transgender and non-binary youth that they are seen, accepted and loved. Even if you don’t know any trans or non-binary youth in your community, hosting an “I Am Jazz” reading is an incredibly powerful way to show your support. Sign up now.

HRC Youth Ambassador Jazz Jennings’s award-winning children’s book, “I Am Jazz,” is a wonderful read for adults and children alike, and you can read it literally anywhere. Couldn’t possibly be a host? Don’t have a place? Think again.

You can read it in a house.
You can read it with a spouse.

I Am Jazz reading; Welcoming Schools

You can read it in a school.
You can read it on a stool.

I Am Jazz; Welcoming Schools

Read it to your Zumba class.
Read it to the town en masse.

I Am Jazz; Welcoming Schools; Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

Small or big, it’s no big deal.
Reading has a broad appeal.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh; I Am Jazz; Welcoming Schools

All you need is a desire so keen
To show trans youth that they are seen!

I Am Jazz; DC; Welcoming Schools

“I Am Jazz” is a first-person account about being transgender. Jennings was one of the first trans children to talk publicly about her identity and the challenges she has faced as a trans youth. This groundbreaking book is often used by schools and families to help children understand transgender youth and adults. Sign up here.

HRC Foundation's Welcoming Schools is the nation's premier professional development program providing training and resources to elementary school educators to:

  • Welcome Diverse Families
  • Create LGBTQ and Gender-Inclusive Schools
  • Prevent Bias-Based Bullying
  • Support Transgender and Non-Binary Students

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