The vacations have a lane of turning tables on grinches — whether they be in Whoville or in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.

This particular story of household love and community adoption began back in 2015 when a 6-year-old girl came out as transgender. The girl’s momma, Sarah, and her school had her back and worked together to figure out how to make sure both the girl and her classmates were informed and comfy with this news. The school decided to host a volume reading of “I Am Jazz, ” co-authored by trans youth ambassador Jazz Jennings and writer Jessica Herthel, which discusses gender identity.

Sarah and her daughter. All images via Human Rights Campaign/ YouTube.

Sounds harmless, right? Well…

The grinches — in this case, the Liberty Council, an anti-LGBTQ statute group — came to township demanding the event be cancelled. Little did they know how this would backfire.

Parents were given the opportunity to have their children opt-out of the reading, but that wasn’t enough for Liberty Council. Panicking a lawsuit, administrators at Mount Horeb Primary Center cancelled the read, sending an unfortunate message to the 6-year-old trans girl who was just looking to be accepted.

Just when it was like all was lost, a stranger came through to save the day.

A concerned mother named Amy was distraught over the fact that a hateful organization “ve managed to” roll into township and bully a 6-year-old. Though she didn’t know the girl, Amy and their own families wanted to help. She signed up for a chamber at the local library to host a read of “I Am Jazz” of her own.

She expected 15 people. 600 showed up.

A photo from the “I Am Jazz” reading at the Mount Horeb Public Library.

Each year since, people around the country have hosted their own “I Am Jazz” reads. This year’s will be bigger than ever.

Thanks to the Human Rights Campaign, more than 200 readings are scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, to depict supporting and acceptance for trans kids.

Sarah and Amy read the book to an audience.

Looking back on that day in 2015, it’s hard not to wonder if the Liberty Council ever regrets not letting the school just host its reading so one student could feel a little safer and more welcomed. In trying to shut it down, they inadvertently helped create a motion.

Watch a short video about the Mount Horeb reading and the history of the “I Am Jazz” period of reading below.

For more information on how you can host a future event or seeing one near you, visit IAmJazz .

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