A Dane County, Wisconsin school was threatened with a lawsuit after a children’s book about a transgender male was added to the curriculum. The picture book “I Am Jazz” explains what it means to be a boy who identifies as a girl. Mt. Horeb Primary Center announced plans to read the book in some classrooms to support one of the school’s transgender students. In response, Liberty Counsel threatened to sue the school if it went forward with the plan. Mt. Horeb sent with one business days’ notice to parents, about the opportunity to object to the planned reading and discussion of “I Am Jazz,” which the Liberty Counsel believes was calculated to take parents off guard and thus violate fundamental parental rights.
According to the Liberty Counsel, among the letter’s false analogies and claims are the following: 1) children are arbitrarily “assigned” a gender at birth, as if the presence of male or female genitalia as the basis for “male” and “female” is an arbitrary decision imposed upon a person; 2) that simply because a child is “born male” but “insists” that child is a girl makes it so; 3) that because a girl likes short hair and likes a “boy” name, she is now a boy; and among the most egregious, 4) that it is possible to have a “girl brain and a boy body.” This claim is completely at odds with the rationale for equality between the sexes: there is no difference between male and female brains or mental abilities, and thus this idea fosters gender stereotypes.