As part of the Human Rights Campaign's annual event, the "Jazz and Friends National Day of School and Community Readings," two members of Congress read the pro-transgender "kids" book I Am Jazz on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 28.
I Am Jazz is written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, the latter a teen transgender woman (a biological boy pretending to be a girl) who stars in the TLC reality show "I Am Jazz." Jennings also appears in commercials for Johnson & Johnson "Clean & Clear," and the Tonner Doll Company has released a Jazz action-figure transgender doll.
The "Jazz and Friends National Day of School and Community Readings" is sponsored by the HRC Foundation and the National Education Association (NEA), a public school teacher's union with about 3 million members. "[T]he day of readings helps foster safe and welcoming schools and communities for young people who still rarely hear affirming stories of LGBTQ people," says the HRC on its website.
Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Angie Craig (D-Minn.) read from the book I Am Jazz on the House floor.
"I am Jazz!" said Rep. Speier. "For as long as I can remember, my favorite color has been pink. My second favorite color is silver and my third favorite color is green. Here are some of my other favorite things: dancing, singing, back flips, drawing, soccer, swimming, makeup, and pretending I'm a pop star."
"My best friends are Samantha and Casey," Speier said. "We always have fun together. We like high heels and princess gowns, or cartwheels and trampolines. But I'm not exactly like Samantha and Casey."
Congresswoman Speier continued, "I have a girl brain but a boy body. This is called transgender. I was born this way!"
To date, there is no scientific evidence proving that transgender people are, as Lady Gaga sings, "born this way."
Congresswoman Craig then read from the book: "Mom said that being Jazz would make me different from other kids at school, but that being different is okay. What's important she said, is that I am happy with who I am. ... I don't mind being different. Different is special! ... I am having fun, I am proud! I am Jazz!"
In addition to reading the pro-transgender book from the House floor, Rep. Speier read the book to several transgender members of the U.S. military in her congressional office. Speier also tweeted a picture of the reading.
"To all transgender & non-binary youth, please know @HouseDemocrats see, support, & honor you," tweeted Speier.
According to Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.
“’Sex change’ is biologically impossible,” said McHugh. “People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”