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Kim Pearson: TYFA Speakers bureau

Kim Pearson, Training Director

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Kim Pearson is Training Director/Co-Founder of TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA) and National Board President of PFLAG-TNET. She first directed her energy into GLBT support, advocacy and education as the founder and president of her local PFLAG Chapter when the youngest of her three children came out as lesbian in 2005. Eighteen months later she found herself facilitating that same child’s transition to living life as a young man. Fueled by her passion for ensuring respect and equal rights for children like hers she co-founded TYFA, the first and only national organization that supports, educates and advocates exclusively for gender variant and transgender children. In its short history TYFA has provided support to over 100 families, and training to hundreds of GLBT organizations, service professionals and government officials all over the United States. TYFA and their families have been featured on several local/national radio programs, national/regional television and numerous print articles.

  • GLBT Professional Associations:
    • Co-Founder and Executive Director, TransYouth Family Allies, Inc.
    • Founder, current President, and Transgender Coordinator, PFLAG Lake Havasu City
    • National Vice President and West Sector Coordinator, PFLAG-TNET
    • Rainbow River Pride of Lake Havasu City, Board Member
  • Other Volunteer Contributions:
    • Women’s Networking Exchange of Arizona, Member
    • City of West Sacramento Incorporation Inauguration Committee
    • California Super Conducting Super Collider local and national lobbyist
    • Fibromyalgia Self-Help workshop facilitator for the Arthritis Foundation
    • Fibromyalgia National Conference Master of Ceremony
  • Representative Speaking Engagements:
    • Tucson, AZ – Transgender Day of Remembrance “Come Together to Support TransYouth,” 2006
    • Los Angeles, CA – Trans Unity 8 Conference Keynote “What You Can Do,” 2007
    • Phoenix, AZ – Transgender Day of Remembrance “Another Kind of Violence – TransYouth Suicide,” 2007
    • Holland, MI – Ian Benson Candle Light Vigil, “How Will We Remember Ian Benson?”
    Launch of the Amethyst Ribbon Campaign for transyouth suicide prevention, 2007
    • Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Public Schools, “Difference Isn’t Wrong…It Just Is, Schools K-12,” 2007
    • New Britain, CT – True Colors GLBT Youth Conference “Development of Gender Variance and
    Sexuality in Children,” with Dr. Edgardo Menvielle and Moonhawk River Stone, 2008
    • Las Vegas, NV – Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays “PFLAG and TYFA: Allies
    Supporting “T” Youth and Their Families”, 2007
    • The Trevor Project, Los Angeles, CA, “Supporting the little ‘t’ in the GLBT community”, 2008
  • Representative Media Experience:
    • CNN Newsroom: transgender children interview with son Shawn, 2007 and Headline News interview, 2008
    • San Diego BottomLine Magazine: feature article, “Difference Isn’t Wrong…It Just Is –Embracing
    families with transgender and gender variant children, by Kim Pearson, November 2, 2007
    • TransFM Radio, 2008
    • KTOX 1340 AM: regular guest on ‘Lundon Calling’ 2007-08
    • Dr. Drew Pinsky, KGIL LA’s News/Talk radio 2/2008: GLBT Related Education:
    • PFLAG National Conference Workshops, 2007
    • YES Institute Education Week, 2008
    • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: Creating Change Conference 2008