October 17, 2012

AULA’s LGBT Specialization Hosts a Special Trans-Affirmative Event, Lecture-Discussion and Book Signing

Author Marsha Aizumi and her transgender son Aiden will be reading from their new book “Two Spirits, One Heart: A Mother, Her Transgender Son, and Their Journey to Love and Acceptance”

Culver City, CA – October 17, 2012– The Antioch University Los Angeles Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Speaker Series and the LGBT Specialization is hosting a special evening with Author Marsha Aizumiand her transgender son Aidenon Tuesday, October 30, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. They will be reading and discussing their new book Two Spirits, One Heart: A Mother, Her Transgender Son, and Their Journey to Love and Acceptance, which was released by Magnus Books, September 18, 2012.

In this first of its kind, illuminating new book, mother, educator and LGBT activist Marsha Aizumi shares her story of parenting a young woman who came out as a lesbian, then transitioned to male. The book chronicles Marsha’s personal journey “from being the mother of her dearly desired adopted baby girl Ashley, to offering unconditional love, acceptance and support amid her child’s struggles to reconcile her gender identity and follow her path to become a man, Aiden. In the process, she also becomes a passionate advocate for the greater rights of transgender, bisexual, gay and lesbian citizens.”

The event is in honor of National Coming Out Day, October 11, 2012 and Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2012.It also coincideswith Dr. Douglas Sadownick’s”Treating of Families from an LGBT-Affirmative Perspective” class for AULA’s Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psychology LGBT Specialization. Sadownick developed and helped found the LGBT Specialization, the first graduate psychology program of its kind devoted to training students to develop expertise in the area of LGBT-affirmative psychotherapy, counseling and community work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. AULA’s LGBT Specialization ensures that future Marriage and Family Therapists invested in providing support to members of the LGBT community are prepared with cutting edge developments in LGBT-Affirmative theory and practice.

Marsha and Aiden will read passages from the book and share highlights of their story through photos. The event also includes a discussion with the audience and concludes with a book signing. It takes place on the Antioch University Los Angeles campus, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230, Room A1000. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Discounted parking is available for $7.00 or there is street parking along Hannum, just south of the AULA campus.

Marsha Aizumi is a 3rd generation Japanese American, mother of two children, and has been married for over 40 years. She’s currently an educational consultant, LGBT advocate, and author. Her life took a dramatic turn when her oldest child announced she was living in the wrong body and wanted to transition from female to male. This is the subject of Marsha’s memoir, Two Spirits, One Heart, which chronicles her journey from being a mother filled with sadness and fear to emerging as a passionate and visible voice for the LGBT community. Marsha is currently serving on the Parents, Families, and Friends for Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) National Board of Directors.

Aiden Takeo Aizumi was born in Japan on May 24, 1988. Adopted by Tad and Marsha Aizumi, who named their baby Ashley Akemi Aizumi, he lived as a female for the first twenty years of his life. He attended public schools in Arcadia, California. In high school, he played varsity golf and was awarded MVP all four years. Coming out as a lesbian, he experienced intolerable cruelty daily in high school and was diagnosed agoraphobic with panic attacks. In 2008, Aiden decided to transition to male. Since that day, his life has taken an upward turn. Currently, he works at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center’s LifeWorks Program in a paid apprenticeship position for Public Allies. He serves on the Trevor Project National Youth Advisory Council, the Executive Board of Pasadena PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), and is currently in training for GLIDE (Gay and Lesbian Initiating Dialogue for Equality) to speak at high schools and colleges in the area to broaden the awareness of LGBT issues.

About Antioch University Los Angeles

Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) provides a rigorous progressive education to prepare students for the complexities of today’s diverse societies. AULA, a not-for-profit institution and part of the Antioch University system, has served the greater Los Angeles area for 40 years. The core values of social justice, service to the community and lifelong learning lie at the heart of the BA degree completion program and master’s degree programs in Organizational Management, Education and Teacher Credentialing, Psychology, Creative Writing, and Urban Sustainability.

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