A Wisconsin elementary school has been forced to cancel a planned reading of Jazz Jennings' new book, after a LGBT hate group threatened to sue.
The 15-year-old trans star, who shot to fame on YouTube, was supposed to be reading students a snippet of her new book I Am Jazz – a children's story based on her life. “We believe all students deserve respect and support regardless of their gender identity and expression,” wrote Mount Horeb Area School District when they initially announced the reading. “The best way to foster that respect and support is through educating students about the issue of being transgender.”
According to reports in the Capital Times, the school were hoping that the reading would encourage its pupils to live as their “authentic” selves – which is obviously really nice and lovely. However, they were struck with criticism by an anti-LGBT Liberty Counsel; who claimed that the event would “violate parental rights”. They then threatened to sue the school if they didn't cancel the event.
Depressingly, this isn't the first time that Jennings has received criticism for sharing her story. A right-wing protest group known as One Million Moms recently attacked the star's I Am Jazz show – claiming that it was “attempting to normalise the transgender lifestyle and make it appear OK while using a young cast member to lure a young audience.”
“I Am Jazz is about a young teenager who was born a boy and has transitioned to a girl since the age of two years old,” wrote the group in a blog post. “The parents supported this decision instead of giving guidance to the confused child.”
See more of this confused (and obvs v dangerous) child below, as she explains why teenagers should always stay positive and try to accept themselves for who they are.