Thursday, September 25, 2014

Nov. 6 Program About Transgender Individuals and Families

Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance take place in the month of November. I am excited to share with you that on November 6th, Marsha Aizumi, will be coming to Roosevelt for a special program to raise awareness of transgender individuals and families. It’s been my pleasure to get to know Marsha over the last year as we have been planning for this event. I have read her book, Two Spirits, One Heart, about the family’s experiences as her adopted daughter came out as a lesbian in high school, and later came out as a transgender man. It is a powerful story, and Marsha’s ability to share it with us in person will be a deeply meaningful opportunity. Marsha’s book will be available at the event.

All are welcome to attend, and I would specifically like to encourage any students and faculty in Education, Counseling, Psychology, Women and Gender Studies, to attend.

I’ve attached a flyer and Marsha’s bio below, for more information, including who to contact to register to attend. Please let me know if you have any questions. I appreciate your help.

Jennifer Tani

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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