AIDEN TAKEO AIZUMI is a transgender activist. He is currently a student at the University of La Verne majoring in education, where he hopes to provide safe spaces for students as a teacher. Aiden has served on the Youth Advisory Council for The Trevor Project, is an Executive Board member of PFLAG Pasadena and currently is on PFLAG National’s Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Advisory Council. Aiden has received a number of awards including, a youth leadership award from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force as well as a transgender leadership award from Transgender LA. Besides speaking around the country and writing a book, Two Spirits, One Heart, with his mother, Aiden was at the 2012 White House LGBT Reception and was privileged to meet President Obama.
MARSHA AIZUMI is an author, speaker, educator and advocate for the LGBT community, a cause she embraced due in large part to the harassment and bullying her son experienced throughout high school. Marsha also serves on the National Board of Directors for PFLAG, an organization that supports, educates and advocates for LGBT families. In this role, she hopes to change school culture to be more accepting of all students, as well as bring greater resources to the Asian Pacific Islander and transgender communities. Marsha is the author of Two Spirits, One Heart, a memoir that chronicles her journey from fear, shame and sadness to unconditional love and acceptance. She has spoken at colleges, universities and to organizations around the country, co-founded an Asian Pacific Islander PFLAG in 2012 and in 2013 she travelled to China to address LGBT individuals and their parents.
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