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I Am Jazz: A Book Intended to Start Conversations
Lead by Example
Workshop Block 1: Saturday, October 21 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
When Jessica Herthel wrote the groundbreaking children's book, I Am Jazz, with transgender teen Jazz Jennings back in 2014, she was writing it as much for her own three cisgender daughters as she was for LGBTQ youth. Here Jessica explains the origins of the book, and shares the lessons of how she went from being an LGBTQ ally in her personal life to being an advocate for transgender youth and their families on a national stage.
Jessica Herthel is the co-author of I Am Jazz, a children’s picture book about a transgender girl, published by Penguin Books in 2014. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Jessica spent several years in private law practice before taking time off to raise her three daughters and travel abroad in the United Arab Emirates. Upon returning to Florida, Jessica began working on LGBTQ-inclusive projects with Broward County Public Schools’ Office of Diversity, Cultural Outreach & Prevention. In that office Jessica oversaw the development of LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum; she was also the primary editor of Broward County’s “LGBTQ Critical Support Guide” which was implemented throughout the district. Until her family's relocation in 2015 to Orange County, California, Jessica spent three years serving as the Director of the Stonewall National Education Project and hosting their annual national symposium of school districts. Now Jessica concentrates on national speaking engagements and private consulting.