Now more than ever it is important that we show our transgender and non-binary youth that they are seen, accepted and loved.
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 Jazz & Friends National Day of Community Readings in Support of Transgender and Non-Binary Youth on Thursday, February 27, 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 a Jazz & Friends reading is an incredibly powerful way to show your support. Sign up now.
This year’s event features three recommended books "I Am Jazz," "Julián Is a Mermaid" and "They, She, He easy as ABC."
These books are 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.
You can read it in a school.
You can read it on a stool.
Read it to your Zumba class.
Read it to the town en masse.
Small or big, it’s no big deal.
Reading has a broad appeal.
All you need is a desire so keen
To show trans youth that they are seen!
“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. Congresswoman Jackie Speier even read it on the Floor of the House!
HRC Foundation's Welcoming Schools is the nation's premier professional development program providing training and resources to elementary school educators to: