Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings
After a national anti-LGBTQ hate group bullied a young transgender girl in rural Wisconsin, her community rallied behind her by hosting a community reading of I Am Jazz, a book co-written by transgender trailblazer and former HRC Youth Ambassador Jazz Jennings about her experience as a transgender girl.
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin’s unwavering support of transgender youth began an annual international movement commemorating her community’s allyship and the resilience of transgender youth.
In honor of Mount Horeb, communities across the country join HRC's Welcoming Schools program and the National Education Association (NEA) for our annual Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings.
What books are featured in Jazz & Friends?
Hosts can choose between three books to find the one that fits their community the best.
I Am Jazz - The story of a young transgender girl based on the real life experience of Jazz Jennings.
Julián Is a Mermaid - A celebration of individuality and the power of being seen and affirmed.
They She He Me: Free to Be! - An exploration of pronouns and gender fluidity with diverse illustrations.
What do readings look like?
HRC Foundation’s Annual Jazz and Friends readings are as diverse as the hosts and communities that come together to read. From your living rooms to a local bookstore to a community park, you can get creative in choosing a venue that best fits your community's needs!
How will HRC help me plan my reading?
Once you register, we’ll provide lesson plans, planning tips, technical assistance and bonus materials!
Where can I host a reading?
You can host a reading in a school or in a community space like a library, place of worship, bookstore or even your own home!
When can I register for the 2020 reading?
The fifth annual Jazz and Friends National Day of School and Community Readings will take place in early 2020. Please email WelcomingSchools@HRC.org if you're interested in participating and we'll be sure to contact you when registration is open!
At a time when transgender and non-binary youth are increasingly marginalized, you can do something to make a difference. Join us as we show up in force with love and support for our nation’s youth. You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to promote understanding and inclusion.
Welcoming Schools Resources for Gender-Inclusive Schools and Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Students
Find links to Welcoming Schools resources for answering chidrens' questions about gender, lesson plans and booklists with recommendations for students and adults.