SV reading of "I am Jazz", Human Rights Campaign

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CitySierra Vista
AtCochise College
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901 N Colombo Ave
Sierra Vista
Cochise College
Cochise (AZ1143)
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SV reading of "I am Jazz", Human Rights Campaign

Parents, teachers and community members here and across the country will be supporting transgender and non-binary youth on December 7th by hosting readings of I Am Jazz, a children’s book by transgender teen and Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation Youth Ambassador Jazz Jennings. LOCAL INFO HERE: The book reading will be held at 5:30 PM on Thursday, December 7th at the Cochise College Library, 901 Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635. The nationwide day of I Am Jazz readings is inspired by the more than 600 residents of tiny Mount Horeb, Wisc., who in 2015 unequivocally supported a young transgender student and her family and rebuked bigotry and censorship by showing up for a public reading of the book. The reading was organized by a caring local parent after legal threats by an outside anti-LGBTQ hate group forced the transgender student’s school to cancel plans to support her by reading the book in class.

Days after the outpouring of support, the Mount Horeb school board adopted inclusive measures fully accommodating transgender students. Said one board member: “We will not be intimidated, and we will teach tolerance and will be accepting to everyone.” The national reading effort is sponsored by HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools program and the National Education Association (NEA) EdJustice. It unites in action youth, educators, and allies across the country who are hosting readings of I Am Jazz in hundreds of schools, churches, bookstores, homes, and community centers in states across the country. HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools is the nation’s premier professional development program providing training to elementary school educators to welcome diverse families, create LGBTQ and gender inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying, and support transgender and gender expansive students.

The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional organization, representing more than 3 million educators. NEA EdJustice engages and mobilizes activists for racial, social and economic justice in public education to support opportunity for all students.

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