TYFA – Kim HONORED AT EQUALITY ARIZONA AWARD DINNER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 3, 2009
Shannon Garcia, Board President
Phone: 1- 888-462-8932 (888-IMA-TYFA)
TRANSYOUTH FAMILY ALLIES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HONORED AT EQUALITY ARIZONA AWARD DINNER
PHOENIX, AZ, June 13, 2009 - TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA), a national organization empowering transgender and gender variant children and their families, today announced that TYFA Co-Founder and
Executive Director, Kim Pearson, was honored at the recent 18th Annual Equality Arizona Awards Dinner by being named the Northern Arizona Activist of the Year.
The Awards dinner is an annual event of Equality Arizona, a civil rights organization that works to secure, protect, and defend the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in Arizona. The dinner’s over 650 attendees enjoyed an evening of notable speakers in addition to the awards presentation. Activist award honorees were nominated by community members and final decisions were made by the Arizona Equality Board. Regarding the award, Barbara McCullough-Jones, Executive Director of Equality Arizona, made the following statement:
"Equality Arizona is proud to give Kim Pearson from TransYouth Family Allies an award at this year’s dinner. Kim’s groundbreaking work has helped so many people understand and celebrate the diversity within their families. We are pleased to have TYFA as an ally in our pursuit of equality in Arizona."
Kim Pearson’s interest in activism in support of transgender and gender variant children and their families began with her own experiences of supporting her own transgender son. She co-founded TYFA in 2006, the first and only national organization that supports educates and advocates exclusively for gender variant and transgender children. Kim Pearson’s activism takes the form of working directly with families, to providing educational trainings for GLBT organizations, school personnel, professional and government organizations, to being interviewed on local and national radio and television programs. As executive director of TYFA Kim Pearson coordinates the direction and scope of this national organization so that transgender and gender variant children throughout the country are understood and respected. Through Kim Pearson’s leadership, TYFA has served hundreds of families and reached countless others through educational events.
Pearson states, "I am very honored by the award, but the best recognition still comes from the kids…their thanks and hugs mean everything to me."
TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA) is a national nonprofit that empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities to develop supportive environments in which gender by be expressed and respected. To learn more, please visit the TYFA website at www.imatyfa.org or call 1- 888-IMA-TYFA