Friday Fodder: I Am Jazz, CNN Edition

61mmifi84kL._AA300_PIkin4,BottomRight,0,1_AA300_SH20_OU01_I Am Jazz:  The children’s book I Am Jazz will be released in a few days (Sept. 4). Preorder your copy today. I Am Jazz is the story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the book and it’s so cute, the illustrations are happy and captivating and the book’s message is as beautiful as Jazz herself. Spread the word!

CNN: Kids breaking gender norms: CNN is working on an assignment about kids breaking gender norms. And, they want to hear from you! Share your story with CNN iReport  (it’s easy, I promise). Here’s more info:

Mo’ne Davis made headlines for being the first girl to throw a shutout in the Little League World Series, but she’s not the only youngster breaking gender norms.

From boys who wear pink and dream of being fashion designers to girls who play on an all-boys football team, there are many ways children have proven that they aren’t defined by stereotypical gender rules.

Parents, we’d like to hear how you’re embracing the ways your children express themselves. How are your children redefining gender roles? What have their experiences been like with their family and peers?

Share a photo of your child busting gender stereotypes, whether it’s their Halloween costume or a daily wardrobe choice. Please keep submissions and comments respectful. Your stories could be part of a larger story for CNN Living.

Head Start and Me:  On Monday I had the privilege of being the keynote speaker at a training session for preschool teachers and other staff of the Head Start Child Development Council in Stockton, California. I spoke to about 600 staff members during training sessions and, then, spoke at the San Joaquin Pride Center at an event sponsored by First 5 of San Joaquin and University of the Pacific’s Beyond Our Gates initiative.

It was such a welcoming and accepting group of people, all of whom were eager to learn how to better work with differently gendered kids. Read a newspaper article about my appearance here. 

photo401PFLAG Southern Pacific Region Conference:  September 13 is the PFLAG Southern Pacific Region Conference in Long Beach. I’m honored to be presenting at the conference. I heart PFLAG so hard. I can’t wait to see my fellow PFLAGers and meet some new peeps. Who’s going?







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9 Responses to Friday Fodder: I Am Jazz, CNN Edition

  1. amindele says:

    I’ve always loved Jazz, she is not afraid to be herself (:

  2. celder58 says:

    I saw this book right next to your book in barns and noble on the “family relationships” shelf of the
    parenting section

  3. overlordlhj4 says:

    I totally want the book.

  4. Ohhhh, way to go Jazz! I can’t wait to see the book!

  5. I started a Blog because of you. My wife and I are trying to become mommies through IVF and we’ve had a tough go at it.

    I started off reading your book and just like any good book I fell in love with the characters, except this time the characters were real so I was very excited to know there was a blog available for me to keep up with my new friends.

    I quite often read passages to my wife and say this is they type of mom I want to be (we have moved onto the adoption route, fingers crossed).

    Your blog and your family have been an inspiration.

    Thank You,


  6. Lyss says:

    I work as an assistant in a Head Start classroom and I strive every day I am at work to make sure kids can be who they want to be. What they hear at home may be different than what I have to say, but I always keep trying. Thank you for speaking up and being an advocate for gender non-conforming/transgender children!

  7. It’s funny, in an odd sort of way. Jeremy was quite into Bob the Builder when he was little (he learned about the show from his big sister). I had multiple men tell me they’d never let their little boy watch the show because both the show and Bob were so gentle and mild it would turn their sons gay. And Jeremy was also into Barbie.

  8. overlordlhj4 says:

    Ha! Love it and I just ordered a copy of Raising My Rainbow!!Can not wait to get it!!

  9. Ellen says:

    You are making such a difference! I will be at the PFLAG conference… See you there!

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