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#SpiritDay: A Mother Supports Her Transgender Son In A New Memoir, Goes Purple For LGBT Youth!
Advocates and authors Marsha and Aiden Aizumi are showing their purple for #SpiritDay and spreading the message of acceptance for all with their co-written memoir, Two Spirits, One Heart. The memoir, published by Peony Press, chronicles Martha’s journey toward embracing her transgender son, Aiden, and joining him to become an advocate for LGBT youth. Below, Marsha shares why she joining GLAAD and millions of Americans to go purple for Spirit Day, and how Two Spirits, One Heart
Martha writes, “Participating in Spirit Day is important to me, because my son, Aiden was bullied and harassed in high school…I want people to know that bullying and harassment is not just teasing that can be brushed off. Bullying and harassment contain words that cut to the core of young people. It causes them to think of themselves as abnormal, broken or sick which can lead to loss of hope that they can ever lead a life that is happy, successful, and fulfilling. This was the life that my son lived for many years.”
She continues, “No student should have to go to school dreading what others say and do to him or her. Two Spirits, One Heart is my story of how I was able to transform my life of fear for my son's safety into a life purpose of advocacy and purpose. How I took my sadness and shame and turned it into a life of joy and connection. And how I took my darkness and hopelessness and turned it into a life of light and possibilities.”
Marsha and Aiden are two of the millions who are taking part in #SpiritDay. You can still take a stand against bullying and support LGBT youth by participating. To get involved, simply go purple today as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are accepted for who they are. You can download GLAAD’s Spirit Day resource kit which contains tools to get your local community involved. Spirit Day participants can also spread the word and tell their friends they’re standing up against bullying, download the Spirit Day app for iPhone and Android, and text PURPLE to 80888 to donate $5 to support the important work GLAAD, GLSEN and The Trevor Project do every day to end bullying and support LGBT youth.