The response was overwhelming say Mount Horeb residents who attended a reading of the transgender book co-written by Jazz Jennings. The reading and a discussion had originally been scheduled for an elementary school but was postponed after an out of state lawyer representing a known hate group threatened to sue.
Families in Mount Horeb wouldn’t allow this bullying to go unanswered. They raised $800 with a Go Fund Me campaign to cover travel expenses and an honorarium for co-author of the book, Jessica Herthel. Then with the help of HRC which stepped up with $900 for the plane ticket they closed the book on hate.
Hundreds filed a space designed to accommodate 60 and listened standing up about a child that they had never met hoping to help a local trans child they may never meet. Ironically, Matt Stayver’s hate group unwittingly transformed what most likely would have been an unheralded event into a national campaign against hate.