Monday, June 29, 2009

"Why I Do What I Do"

This month PFLAG's Transgender Network (TNET) President Kim Pearson is featured in Diversity Rules magazine for her critical work with transgender youth. She is also Executive Director and Co-Founder of TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA).

Pearson explains to Diversity Rules, "Create schools and communities that respect and celebrate that people are different. Speak up when someone says 'that’s so gay' or 'what a sissy' or 'boys don’t do that.' Make room for difference. Value individuality and learn about that which you do not currently understand. Have an honest and compassionate conversation with a transgender adult, child or parent…walk a mile in their shoes... The only way the ‘rules’ of society change is for individuals to step up and say something. When we stop accepting the status quo and start living the change we wish to see in the world, that is when true change will happen, in my humble opinion."

Click here to read the complete interview with Kim Pearson, and click here to visit PFLAG's Transgender Network (TNET)