Marsha Aizumi (pronouns: she/her) is an author, speaker, educator and advocate for the LGBT community. Serving on the National Board of Directors for PFLAG, she hopes to change school culture to be more accepting of all students, as well as bring greater resources to the Asian Pacific Islander and transgender communities. Marsha is co-founder and current President of PFLAG San Gabriel Valley Asian Pacific Islander. She is author of Two Spirits, One Heart, a memoir that chronicles her journey from fear, shame and sadness to unconditional love and acceptance as she navigated the transition of her son from female to male. She is the proud mother of two sons and has been married for 44 years to Tad. For more information on Marsha’s activism and work, visit her online at www.marshaaizumi.com.
Mike Honda (pronouns: he/him) is the Representative for California’s 17th Congressional District which sits in the heart of Silicon Valley and covers portions of Santa Clara and Alameda Counties. Honda’s district is the first Asian American-majority district in the continental United States. Congressman Honda is Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. He is also the founder of the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus and a founding member of the LGBT Equality Caucus, and he founded and chairs the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force. He has focused his efforts on education, income inequality, LGBTQ equality, environmental and technology issues, believing we all share the responsibility of creating welcoming and inclusive environments to foster a more vibrant, educated, and respectful society, regardless of gender identity. Congressman Honda serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and has used his position to fight for civil rights, to stop discrimination and exploitation, and to legislate for gender equality.
Michelle Honda-Phillips (pronouns: she/her) is based in the Bay Area of Northern California. Michelle is the proud mother of three children, including Malisa, her nine-year-old transgender daughter. At a very young age, Malisa knew that her brain and body did not match and expressed her gender identity. By speaking about her family's journey with acceptance and unconditional love, Michelle spreads awareness and understanding in hopes that other families will look beyond gender binary stereotypes and embrace their children for their authentic selves. Michelle is a fourth-generation Japanese-American.
Malisa Phillips (pronouns: she/her) is ten years old and in fifth grade. She is happily thriving and pursuing hobbies such as soccer and competitive dance. In her free time, she likes to craft, choreograph dances, play video games, and read graphic novels.