On Feb. 28, 2020, Pride Alliance of Livingston community members will hold readings of the children’s book “I Am Jazz” in multiple locations around Livingston County. The Pride Alliance of Livingston (PAL) is a community based organization promoting an all-inclusive community for our neighbors through LGBTQ+ education, collaboration and advocacy for equality, in order to celebrate our similarities and embrace our individuality.
The reading events are being held in honor of the National “I Am Jazz” Day of Reading, an annual event hosted by the Human Rights Campaign. “I Am Jazz,” cowritten by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings (the title character), is an illustrated children’s book that gives a first-person account of being transgender. Since it was first published in 2014, the book has been used to help children, families, and schools better understand transgender identity and experience.
Readings will take place on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 at the Howell Carnegie Library, 314 W. Grand River Ave., Howell, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., and at Barnes and Noble Book store, at Green Oak Village Place, 9605 Village Place Blvd., from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Pride Alliance of Livingston started as an informal community conversation in November 2018, and has grown to a community organization which meets once per month to address educational and advocacy needs of LGBTQ+ inclusion within Livingston County.