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I Am Jazz Reading (free)

  • Madison Children's Museum 100 North Hamilton Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Book-banning still happens, even in Madison's backyard, and this event celebrates one recent triumph over that censorious tradition. In 2015, an anti-LGBT hate group called the Liberty Counsel attempted to stop teachers in the Mount Horeb Area School District from teaching Jessica Herthel's book I Am Jazz, which tells the story of a transgender girl and is intended for young audiences. The Liberty Counsel's efforts briefly succeeded, but ended up inspiring a massive backlash. Community members rallied in support of the book, organized a large public reading, and inspired other communities around the country to embrace the book. The whole thing also prompted Mt. Horeb's school board to create new protections for transgender students. In short, a humble small town known for its trolls sent some real-life trolls packing, and stood up for tolerance and free speech in the process. At this event, Sarah McBride of Human Rights Campaign will read I Am Jazz, and Madison Metropolitan School District superintendent Jen Cheatham will speak. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: December 6
Milo, Scallops Hotel, CRASHprez
Later Event: December 7
Children Of Men (free)