‘I Am Jazz’: Jazz Jennings’ Book Hits 100 Most Banned List, She Calls it ‘Disappointing and Honorable’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jazz Jennings of I Am Jazz

Jazz Jennings and her present, I Am Jazz, have gone a protracted strategy to normalizing the dialog round transgender people within the United States. The LGBTQ+ activist has sacrificed a lot of her private life and privateness to assist marginalized people, and has needed to cope with loads of hate as a result. Now, Jennings is pressured to confront that hate as soon as extra, however this time within the type of a banned guide. Her guide, that’s. I Am Jazz has made the record of the highest 100 most banned or challenged books of the last decade.

Jazz Jennings reacts to the information

Jazz Jennings of I Am Jazz
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I Am Jazz isn’t only a guide a couple of transgender youth, it’s autobiographical. So when Jazz Jennings’ guide hit the highest banned record, it was, in a means, a response to Jennings’ personal life. Yet nevertheless troublesome that could be to confront, Jennings instructed Yahoo Life that it’s honorable, in a means. 

“Making the list is both disappointing and honorable,” she instructed the publication. “In one way, it’s upsetting to know that there is still is so much stigma and controversy about a subject that has been prevalent within our society, but at the same time, there is some pride in knowing that the book is out there and still making waves.”

“It’s another stepping stone towards creating equality and ensuring that all people are respected and treated as equals, even those who are different,” she continued.

The guide itself has been out since 2014, which implies dad and mom have been difficult it or banning it for six years. While there have been developments within the struggle for LGBTQ+ equality within the United States, this simply goes to indicate how a lot work there’s to be accomplished. 

LGBTQ tales banned steadily 

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It’s a tragic fact that tales that includes LGBTQ+-friendly plots and characters are a few of the most banned books on the record — on this respect, I Am Jazz  and Jazz Jennings will not be alone. The director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, Deborah Caldwell-Stone, calls this a “growing trend.”

“There are members of every community that need and wanted these resources, that want to find themselves reflected in their library’s collections and programs. This allows them to understand themselves in the world and affirm their identity,” she instructed CNN.

It’s value remembering that libraries are supposed to be public locations of studying and erudition — a spot the place people can open their minds. Banning books that share LGBTQ+ tales goes a protracted strategy to making people who relate to those tales really feel ostracized or undesirable, and defeats the aim of a library within the first place. 

“It’s all based on fear. Parents are afraid of the change that’s occurring in our society where the LGBTQ+ community keeps growing stronger and stronger. It may go against their personal beliefs, so they feel the need to shut it down before it creates impurity in their children,” Jazz Jennings instructed Yahoo Life. 

LGBTQ+ tales are sometimes about love, acceptance, and caring for each other — not precisely the kind of ideology that must be stamped out. 

“The truth is that we are trying to create acceptance and peace at a younger age so that there is more understanding for youth who are trans or feel different,” Jennings defined.

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