Founded in 1973, PFLAG is the first and largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and their families. PFLAG’s network of hundreds of chapters and more than 250,000 members and supporters works to create a caring, just, and affirming world for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them.
Collaboration with Local and National Partners: A Case Study
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 1: Saturday, October 26 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Big Joe Turner B
Two different PFLAG chapter leaders share innovative approaches to expand outreach of your chapter by collaborating with partners. Aiden Aizumi’s chapter is focused on partnerships for youth and fun ways to bring greater visibility to their work at PFLAG Pasadena, His mother, Marsha, and PFLAG SGV API, focuses on partnerships with national and local organizations that specifically reach Asian Pacific Islander and API faith communities. A small group discussion will provide additional ideas from other chapter participants which will be shared with the larger group. The hope is participants will walk away with at least one idea they can implement whether their chapter is large or small.
Aiden Takeo Aizumi, PFLAG Pasadena
Aiden is the current president of PFLAG Pasadena and has been working with PFLAG Pasadena’s youth program for 10 years. He graduated in 2018 with a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and currently works for a charter school as their compliance and sports coordinator. He is on the Models of Pride Steering Committee and has co- written a book with his mother about their journey called Two Spirits, One Heart. Aiden has received honors from the National LGBTQ Task Force, Trans Pride Los Angeles and has been seen in Subaru's Drive Magazine and commercial as a Subaru Ambassador and PFLAG leader. He is married, loves music, golf, and his furbaby, Kuma.
Marsha Aizumi, PFLAG National Board, PFLAG San Gabriel Valley Asian Pacific Islander (SGV API), and Biden Foundation LGBTQ Advisory Council
Marsha is the proud mother of a transgender son, Aiden. She is the co-founder and co- president of PFLAG San Gabriel Valley Asian Pacific Islanders (SGV API) chapter, serves on the PFLAG National Board of Directors, and is co-chair of the PFLAG Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She also founded Okaeri: A Nikkei LGBTQ Gathering that is a biennial conference, which began in 2014. Marsha was appointed to former Vice President Joe Biden’s Foundation for LGBTQ Acceptance in 2017. She has received recognition from Congresswoman Judy Chu for her work in the San Gabriel Valley LGBTQ community, LOGO TV as Trailblazer Parent and Angel of Change from the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. She has been married for 47 years to Tad and is also the proud mother of a straight ally son, Stefen.