TransYouth Family Allies=Trust. Accept. Confidence. Treatment.


The Cult language of Gender Fundamentalist Trans Youth Family Allies:

In T.A.C.T. = Trust. Accept. Confidence. Treatment.

Kim Pearson is Executive Director and Founding Member of TransYouth Family Allies, “the only national organization dedicated exclusively to education and advocacy for gender variant and transgender children and youth.” TYFA is a tax free non-profit  organization devoted to lobbying for and promoting the medical/surgical “correction” (or as they put it, the“affirmation”) of gender-noncompliant youths. This means they advocate chemical castration of pre-teens followed by surgical sterilization. In the first year (2007) Pearson claims they “affirmed” 15 children, but as of May 2010 were “affirming” 150-180 children annually.
Kim Pearson: “I think this is pretty much the tip of the iceburg, I think for probably every ten kids that come to us-  ten families that come to us- there are maybe a hundred that don’t- that aren’t seeking the answers or aren’t supporting their children. So I think we’re only going to see this grow and grow and grow as people become more aware.”
When TYFA says “Keep your gender variant child IN T.A.C.T.”, they actually mean chemically castrate them and surgically sterilize them, then force them into lifetime drug dependence. Not “Intact” AT ALL.
We already know CONCLUSIVELY that the majority of these kids would turn out gay/lesbian without this corrective “treatment”. So why do this to kids? Perhaps a look at the Board of Trustees will be illuminating…
The board members and advisors of this tax-free transgender pediatric lobbying agency are a very interesting group – including Director Andrea James, who famously posted pictures of author J.Michael Bailey’s elementary school aged children online with pornographic captions superimposed, Andrea disgustingly and illegally captioned the purloined photo of Bailey’s prepubertal minor daughter:  “cock-starved exhibitionist.” and Johanna Olson MD, of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles which has “treated” over 500 children with gender-nonconformity and who presents workshops called Toddlers to Teens: Comprehensive Health Care For Your Transgender Child” (and no, health care does not refer to illness, these are healthy kids being “treated” for sex role incongruence. Healthy toddlers being put on the path to medically recommended sterilization and a lifetime dependence on drugs. At least recommended by Dr. Olson, one of the few MDs condoning such practices.)  The text from one of Dr. Olson’s promotional blurbs: “Early intervention with proper medical care and mental health care, can greatly increase the success of a child’s transition. While medical and mental health expertise for transgender children are currently a rare phenomena, this workshop will vigorously address this deficiency and empower participants to find the proper care for their child. Session I will focus on initial evaluation of the child, counseling child and family, social transition and the medical screening of younger children“. Treating transgender TODDLERS. Rigggght. Reminds me of the guy who beat a 17 month old to death for not acting “manly” enough.
Quite a few other interesting Board members and Advisors- I’ll post them all in comments.
TYFA anti-discrimination policy:
Hello. What’s missing from this non-discrimination policy that’s included on every such policy in the known universe? Sex. Freaking sex discrimination. TYFA reserves the right to discriminate on the basis of physical sex. Go figure.
If you’re a parent of a child insisting he’s a girl or she’s a boy, RUN RUN RUN from these people! Don’t sterilize your kids and place them on a lifetime regime of drugs! Love them and support them to be the person they grow up to be, even if that person breaks all the lame rules of “gender” in our society! Give them the skills they may need to cope with being different!

55 thoughts on “TransYouth Family Allies=Trust. Accept. Confidence. Treatment.

  1. The pic is of Kim Pearson and her F2T transgender daughter Shawn from a Christian website where they were promoting the trans children agenda.

  2. Board of Directors and Advisors from the TYFA website:
    “Board of Directors
    *Kim Pearson, Executive Director
Kim Pearson is Executive Director/Co-Founder of TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA) and National Board President of PFLAG-TNET. She first directed her energy into GLBT support, advocacy and education as the founder and president of her local PFLAG Chapter when the youngest of her three children came out as lesbian in 2005. Eighteen months later she found herself facilitating that same child’s transition to living life as a young man.
    *Shannon Garcia, President
Shannon Garcia is the President of TransYouth Family Allies, Inc., a business owner, and the mother of six children, including a beautiful affirmed female daughter. She speaks at schools, social service agencies, health care facilities, universities and conferences nationwide educating and advocating on behalf of transgender and gender variant children and their families. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and family.
    *Amy G., Secretary/Treasurer
    Moonhawk River Stone, M.S., LMHC, Vice President
    Moonhawk River Stone, M.S., LMHC is a psychotherapist, consultant, educator and writer in private practice. In addition to his position as Director, TYFA, he serves on the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors where he is Chair of the Diversity Committee. He is also Chair of, GLMA’s Trans Health Care Committee.
    Andrea James, Director
    Andrea James is a Hollywood-based writer and activist. She appeared in the film Transamerica with Felicity Huffman and has written, produced, directed, consulted on, or appeared in numerous trans-themed media projects. She is co-founder of Deep Stealth Productions, creator of (an instructional website on transition), founder of GenderMedia Foundation, and on the Board of Directors for Outfest, the world’s largest curator of LGBT media.
    Jamison Green, Director
    Oakland, California-based author and educator Jamison Green is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of transgender policy, theory, and education. Many of the social and political advancements that the transgender community has made since the early 1990s have roots in his ground-breaking work and writings. His award-winning book, Becoming a Visible Man (Vanderbilt University Press, 2004) is used as a text in numerous universities. He serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Transgender Law & Policy Institute, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, as well as TransYouth Family Allies; he’s also an advisory board member of the National Center for Transgender Equality, Advocates for Informed Choice, and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. He has appeared in a dozen documentary films and given countless public speeches, lectures, and media interviews in North America, Europe, Australia, and the Far East. He currently works as an independent scholar and policy consultant for business, education, and government.
    Andrew Solomon, Director
Andrew Solomon’s most recent book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, has won him fourteen national awards, including the 2001 National Book Award, and is being published in 24 languages. It was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. It has been on the New York Times bestseller list in both hardback and paperback. He is a regular contributor to numerous publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Artforum. In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Humanitarian Award of the Society of Biological Psychiatry for his contributions to the field of mental health.
    Additionally, he continues to lecture and write about gay issues; he has written on gay marriage for The Advocate, for Newsweek’s inauguration issue, and for Anderson Cooper’s CNN blog. Mr. Solomon was recently given a staff appointment as a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Cornell Medical School, and is a fellow of Berkeley College at Yale University.
    Johanna Olson, MD, Director
    Johanna Olson, MD is an Adolescent Medicine physician specializing in the care of transgender youth, gender variant children, youth with HIV, and chronic pain. Board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Olson has been an Assistant Professor at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for the past four years. She has appeared on ABC’s 20/20 in 2007 and The Dr. Phil show in 2008 and most recently, Lisa Ling’s Our America to educate audiences about the needs of transgender youth. Dr. Olson was recently awarded an intramural grant from the Saban Research Institute/ CHLA to gather data about the impact of care on transgender youth and gender variant children. The Transgender Youth Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has cared for nearly 500 transgender adolescents and young adults since inception in 1991, and is one of the largest programs in the country. The clinic was recently expanded to provide gender sensitive pediatric care for gender variant children of any age. Patients come from all across the country for consultations at this unique program. Dr. Olson is considered a national expert in the care of transgender adolescents.
    The Board of Advisors
    Kelley Winters, Ph.D.
Dr. Kelley Winters is a writer and community advocate on issues of transgender medical policy. She is the founder of GID Reform Advocates, member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and Advisory Board Member for the Matthew Shepard Foundation and TransYouth Family Allies. She has presented papers on the psychiatric classification of gender diversity at annual conventions of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association and the Association of Women in Psychology. Her articles have appeared in a number of psychology and psychiatry journals and in two books.

Kelley assisted in drafting the current human rights ordinances in Boulder and Denver, Colorado. She was instrumental in trans-positive reform of Colorado drivers license policy in 2006 and in adding Gender Identity and Expression to employment policies of the Hewlett-Packard Company. Kelley received the Colorado Pride Award from Equality Colorado in 1999 and the and 2002 Sonja’s Dream Lifetime Achievement Award and 2007 Melissa Chapman Award for Social Change from the Gender Identity Center of Colorado.
    Rev. Dr. Julie Nemecek
Dr. Julie Nemecek is a former university professor who lost her job for following the treatment protocols for being transgender. During this process, Dr. Nemecek shared her story with the local newspaper. The story was quickly picked up by the Associated Press and ultimately appeared in various media.
    She and her life partner of 36 years, Joanne, have both become outspoken activists for transgender issues. They have shared their story on university and college campuses and even the occasional high school campus. Before moving into higher education in 1990, Rev. Nemecek served for 20 years in pastoral ministry including an inner-city Chicago church. She often shares how the move to an authentic life has had a positive impact on her spiritual life as well as her emotional well-being. In addition to her service on the advisory board of Trans Youth Family Allies, Dr. Nemecek serves on the boards of Michigan Equality, Soulforce, Michigan Association of LGBT Organizations and PFLAG Jackson. She also does volunteer work with GLAAD.
    Reid Vanderburgh
Reid Vanderburgh, MA, LMFT is a therapist with a private practice in Portland, Oregon. Reid’s specialization is helping people cope with major life transformative events. Approximately 95% of his clientele is transgender in one way or another. In addition to his work as a therapist, Reid has extensive experience providing workshops, classes and presentations on transgender issues, within a variety of settings. He is the author of “Transition and Beyond: Observations on Gender Identity,” published by Q Press of Portland, Oregon. The first print run sold out, and Q Press has gone out of business, so Reid is seeking a new publisher.
    Reid received his MA in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University’s Graduate School for Holistic Studies in 2001. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Reid is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH, formerly HBIGDA, Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association) and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). He is also a board member of SAFE (Stop Abuse for Everyone).”

    1. Kim, Shannon or Amy.
      I am back and would like to find out how I could become an advocate or counselor Here in VT. This team helped my 14yo ftm transition right at his very own high school with out a skip. I now after 6 years would like to follow my calling and help these children in my area. They already come to me and I would like to study or take classes to be in the schools for these children but cannot find a place to start. Max is doing wonderful….. Still waiting for top surgery but other than that we are living ok. Could one of you please help me. I cannot remember how I signed into tyfa when we were interacting so I will send my current credentials. It is time for me to help since I have received so much help in my situation. and I owe it all to Tyfa.
      Max was the 14yo who was portraying himself on the internet with a girl from PA whom I took him to meet and he went to her prom. She is now married with child but still stays in contact with Max Everyone loves that kid.

      1. Incidentally Kim has dropped out of TYFA. I would love to see her devote the same sort of energy into undoing some of the damage she has done.

    1. Not formally. They are funded by donations- for example Autumn Sandeen of Pam’s House Blend states he donates to TransYouth Family Allies on a monthly basis. Because he feels children can be used to forward the transgender idea of sex roles being inextricably tied to biologic sex. From an interview of TYFA Executive Director Pearson and Sandeen (linked in the post):
      Sandeen:” : “I’ve always said there are two groups that are going to make change in transgender legislation – gender identity and expression related language- in legislation , it’s going to be trans youth, because they demystify it and take the sex right out of the trans experience. And then transgender veterans, or people doing service like police -it’s going to be military veterans, police, fire, those kind of people serving, especially those serving because it’s hard to say we don’t appreciate your service because you’re transgendered.”
      Pearson: “And it’s hard to say no to kids, and the needs of kids, and keeping kids safe and being respected at school, its really hard for people to say no to that.”

      1. I can’t yet speak to the funding behind The Transgender Youth Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the “work” of Dr Johanna Olson- still looking into that. 😉

  3. It sure does seem that they are quick to make clear that *this in no way means that your child is GAY!!1! No way! Totally NOT gay or worse yet, lesbian!!1! This is entirely different!!1! WE will SAVE your child from becoming an UNHOLY MONSTER!!1!*
    Nah, this isn’t the *final solution* for gays and lesbians at all. /sarcasm
    This shit is just downright scary, GM.

  4. zmog, when I read IN-T.A.C.T I thought “wtf, what they are promoting is anything BUT being intact!!!11!!”
    The language of “affirmation” is so darn religious, they may as well plaster a crucifix all over the literature. Hello, anti-gay/lesbian religious nutter alert!
    Even the language of “correction” is bad enough, because correction implies something wrong to be fixed – yet their literature blabs on about ‘accepting your child for how they are…’. Big logic fail right there, with all the medical intervention proposed, that is the OPPOSITE of acceptance. It the definition of non-acceptance.

  5. Oh Dawg. Now we wait for Donald Trump and the Tea Party to weigh in on this, eh?

  6. Jesus, this is fucking *outrageous*. The first year of life? Really? They’re just babies. They’re oblivious to anything and everything except mom, eating, sleeping, and pooping. Babies care about gender identity as much as they care about what car you drive. For heaven’s sakes. This quackery is just too much.
    “Gender variance does not mean that your child will grow up gay, lesbian or bisexual.”
    Which should be the comfort of ANY homophobic parent out there. >:(

    1. INTACT (rofl) is obviously not going to report on other findings showing how gender identities are social constructs or even define what a gender identity really is. This is because they are so well-meaning.

  7. That’s just frightening, Gallus Mag.
    Don’t worry, your gender variant child may not grow up to identify as gay??! Can they get anymore blatant about their homophobic motivations here?
    I’ve mentioned Iran before, the country that performs the second most gender surgeries in the world. They make no bones about it, they believe they’re curing homosexuality. It really astounds me how the tolerant and liberal left in the US doesn’t understand that they are advocating the exact same thing that radical religious extremists have been advocating for years all over the world. Now why would that be?? I’m telling you, sometimes I think “tolerant” is just a code word for being so open minded your brains fall out.

    1. “I’m telling you, sometimes I think ‘tolerant’ is just a code word for being so open minded your brains fall out.”
      Nailed it! The lefteral libties have done a similar number on “compassion,” too.

  8. So they’ve covered all angles:
    Appease the right re gender conformity to patriarchial sterotypes – tick
    Parade liberal leftie qualifications i.e. the Hollywood connection – tick
    Sheila Jeffreys is right. This is chilling experimentation on children and the destruction of homosexuality and lesbianism. Also want to add that I hate all that psychotherapy/babble shite. All based on the dubious writings of Freud. Creepy and chilling.

    1. Some patients of Dr. Brown still remain thankful:
      “In the last 25 years, according to Brown’s estimate, he did 600 male-to-female sex-change operations, most without benefit of a medical license. Even so, with at least some of them, the results could hardly have been better. One 33-year-old “manager for a major airline” tells me she had Brown do her gender- reassignment surgery in 1985, when she was only 19. It was so successful, she says, that when she later got married, her husband never guessed she’d been a male. (To simulate a period, she used to prick her finger to leave bloodstains on the sheets.) I also hear from Ann, a Cambodian refugee whose father was killed by the Khmer Rouge, that Brown changed her entire “suffering, painful life” from that of “an ugly worm to a beautiful butterfly.” Furthermore, unlike that of some transsexuals, who have difficulty passing as women, her surgery turned out so well, she says, that she got a job as a stripper in Las Vegas’ Chinatown.”
      Who gives a shit about people dying when Brown enabled you to become a stripper or deceive your husband. *facepalm*

      1. (To simulate a period, she used to prick her finger to leave bloodstains on the sheets.)
        Facepalm to that!
        The menstrual obsession is all part of it.
        Trust me, when you are actually subject to one, month after month for decades, the novelty wears off.
        [delete if you wish to GM]
        Deception to husband… right off the scale of stupid. It burns. But then again, males love deception, so true to form I guess.

      2. According to my very scholarly sources (, the modern tampon was patented in 1936. So theoretically, at least, it’s been possible for decades never to have the old blood on the sheets problem. Of course, anyone who’s ever used a tampon for its intended purpose knows it’s possible to miscalculate, but how many men (other than would-be women) think about period logistics? Has any man, ever, since the dawning days of Tampax, said to his wife, “Darling, I’m puzzled — how come you never leave any bloodstains on the sheets?”
        All that M2T needed to do was leave a box of tampons in the medicine cabinet and removed a few of them once a month. Or better yet, claim to have had a hysterectomy (which would also conveniently explain the not-getting-pregnant.) But no…there has to be actual blood! From a pricked finger! That’s either creepy and fetishistic as hell, or sad and desperate as hell, since by the time this person got married, there were shelves, and shelves, and shelves of books in the self-help section of every bookstore explaining why you can’t build successful relationship on a lie. Either way, it’s appalling.
        As for the “worm to butterfly” person, that is one creepy metaphor, and not just because of a certain serial killer movie. Young women get the butterfly analogy imposed on them a lot — the awkward adolescent gets a makeover, emerges from her cocoon, spreads her fragile gossamer wings and flutters off…eeuw.

  9. “To simulate a period, she used to prick her finger to leave bloodstains on the sheets”
    That’s just sick. HEY I’M A WOMAN LOOK HOW I’M BLEEDING!!

  10. I’ve known m2ts who walk around with sanitary pads to get as close to womanhood as possible. Because clearly sticking a pad on your undies gives you an idea what it’s like to go through hell once a month.

    1. It would be necessary to be punched in the guts a few times each day to GET THE FULL EFFECT of menstruating. I am not sure how anyone would “feel the joy” of overflowing their pad or tampon, with the embarassing results showing up through clothing. Or lack of spontaneity in going away even for a short time, because you have to check whether your period is due or likely to happen.
      Basically, all this menstrual immitation is again minstrelising females. It might be a fun little game that they play, but they can always stop playing at any time.

  11. I knew a m2t who went for pap tests. Now how dumb is that? How can you get cervical cancer if you don’t have a cervix? Just when I thought I had heard it all, it got worse. He insisted he could breast feed! I told him the silicone was probably leaking from his implants and I was pretty sure it wasn’t a good idea to feed an infant silicone.

  12. “what it’s like to go through hell once a month”
    Wow that is hell for you? It’s not great but I know that is part of my body so I don’t hate it.

    1. well I am undergoing my own hormonal difficulties right now, so I have very, very bad PMS. Am working with a gyn. to get my symptoms under control, but this is one aspect men could never experience.
      And I haven’t had a baby, but I think they’d cry through childbirth, too.
      Anyone seen Gloria Steinem’s Piece “If Men Could Menstruate?” It’s terrific.

      1. I liked Fab Libber’s explanation of being punched in the gut a few times each day in order to get the full effect. : ) Ha!

      2. Thanks yttik, it was an accurate recollection of my EASIER periods. Being punched in the gut a few times I would have considered a breeze compared to some of the years I went through (and I was suicidal because of it, the pain and contractions were totally unbearable, and to know it was coming every 3.5 weeks just drove me crazy, probably a version of ptsd I guess). Even though I went through all of that, I was still reluctant to have a hysterectomy (not because I wanted baybees). Luckily I did get a premature menopause instead.

  13. EEEw with the autogynephillic fetishistic menstrual minstrelization. While there is obviously a ton of that involved, some post-ops wear a pad because 50% of those post SRS suffer from chronic urinary tract infections and/or incontinence. And those who have had the sigmoid colo-vaginoplasty actually have mucoid producing colon tissue lining their surgical fuckhole which oozes copious amounts of foul smelling bowel mucous which requires a pad to soak up the drainage.
    Can you imagine slotting a toddler into such a “treatment” goal of sterilization, castration, and seeping colon hole with chronic infection and incontinence, because you think the toddler isn’t doing gender right???????

    1. They (transjacktivists and the medical profession) tend to keep those side effects very quiet, probably for good reason. Who wants to take the punt when complication risk is so high? Again, minimising the harm.
      I did not realise that the rate of complications were so high, and perhaps too, this contributes to the number of regretters when they realise what a fool’s errand this ‘gender congruity’ crap really is. Besides which, transgender are not transgender, they are transsexual – because they keep their ‘gender’ and change their sex (or at least attempt to). They ain’t tranzing anything with their gender.

    2. Are you trying to test our gag reflex? Blech. I think I’m gonna go throw up now.

      1. from a trans forum: “I had the op – a colovaginoplasty – in the late 90s. I don’t know any other transwomen and I’m wondering if others have experienced a rather icky situation I have had the whole time post-op.
        I get a buildup of … stuff … at the back of my vagina which needs weekly douching. When I had the surgery I was told that the colon lined vagina was self-cleaning.
        I had the buildup checked out very early by my GP because I was worried I might have a fistula or something. It smelt so awful. No e-coli found. Apparently it’s a buildup of the the natural lube and slewing. It seems that there’s a kink at the back, behind the muscle, where the stuff collects. So I’ve douched weekly all these years to keep clean.
        I’ve been to a number of surgeons and apparently there’s nothing that can be done to fix the problem. It’s for life.
        Trouble is, when I douche I can never push all the stuff out. I’m sorry, I know this is gross. It means that the stuff I haven’t been able to get rid of straight away hangs at the back and it suddenly pours out afterwards without warning. Sometimes it happens six hours afterwards. This means I have to waste one night every week on cleaning. “

      2. As I am one who had a few abdominal surgeries in the past, I know about internal scar tissue. The doctors never mentioned that it was rare, which makes me think it might be fairly common, or at least, not uncommon.
        I imagine that in having a neo-vag, would also open you up to having some scar tissue problems, particularly attached to the bowel.
        Scar tissue problems could in theory, cause distortion of the neo-vag, as the scar tissue attaches itself between the neo-vag and other body parts.
        Anyway, the concept of constructing a fuckhole is fairly stupid, heterocentric and PIVcentric. It is not worth the unnecessary surgery and risk of permanent complications in order to fulfil this delusion.

  14. “50% of those post SRS suffer from chronic urinary tract infections and/or incontinence”
    It’s very shoking that there are just a few studies. I don’t get it. But hey now they can take children as guinea pigs… I was in many forums but just a few people were talking openly about the problems after surgery.
    Cizz from europe

  15. Sigmoid colo-vaginoplasty. Foul smelling bowel mucous. Puts thumb pricks dripping blood into a minor league. Next they’ll be cutting their inverted penis skins to simulate giving birth. Why are governments sanctioning such treatments?
    No. I can’t even begin to imagine that a toddler would be subjected to this. Do no harm? Why do surgeons even contemplate this? MONEY? or SADISM? Both?

  16. My 3-year-old daughter says she’s a boy. A lot. Because she’s 3 and has an older brother who she adores. This group worries me!

    NOT “Question, Challenge, Explore and Support! Jeez! Get with the program! 😉

  18. Thank you all so very much for spreading the word about our organization; for raising our profile on the internet and driving hits to our website. There are many many families out there who will read what you write and be frightened and others who see through you and find the compassion and support they need with TYFA. The attempted suicide rate among transgender folks is 41%; in the general population 1.6%; in families supported by TYFA…LESS THAN 1.5%. Entertain the possibility that we are providing unconditional love and compassionate support to an under-served and misunderstood community.

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