"Marsha Aizumi...gives voice to the mix of emotions so many parents of LGBTQ kids live...love, fear, shame, pride, acceptance. But what makes Marsha special is that she lived her truth so publicly so that others might find community and peace...I think you have an amazing heart."
- Dr. Jill Biden
Two Spirits, One Heart - 2nd Edition
At its core, Two Spirits, One Heart is simply about love. The love of a mother who struggles in the beginning to understand what it means to be transgender, but decides to stand by her son. The love of a son who makes the choice to love himself, live authentically and bring his family along on his journey. And the love of a mother and son for the Asian and LGBTQ+ communities that inspires them to throw off their capes of invisibility and become advocates for those families and individuals that so desperately need to hear stories of transformation that end in joy and triumphant over adversity.
WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
Brian K. Bond
CEO, PFLAG National
"Two Spirits, One Heart is honest and impactful, and I am immensely grateful to both Marsha and Aiden for sharing their personal journey with everyone. As Executive Director of PFLAG National—an organization focused on the journey of parents and families of LGBTQ+ people—I’m moved by Marsha's passion to make this world a better place for all people, and by her unwavering love for her trans child."
Actor, Author, Activist
“Marsha shares her journey from fear and uncertainty to acceptance, support, and unconditional love of Aiden as he reconciled his gender identity…I recommend their co-written memoir Two Spirits, One Heart.”
Dennis and Judy Shepard
The Matthew Shepard Foundation
"We have dedicated our lives to bringing greater awareness and compassion to the LGBTQ+ community in order to eliminate violence and harm that so many experience. Marsha and Aiden's story will open your heart and illustrate the power of unconditional love and acceptance. Read it to be educated, be moved and be inspired to go out and make the world a little bit kinder. . . ."
Model, Producer, Advocate, Author
"As a trans woman who know the power of telling our diverse stories publicly, I was inspired by this mother's - this family’s - story of love, courage and resilience. The world needs more stories that move people to better understand our lives as a community, as families and as trans individuals.”
A LOVE LETTER - a film by Barney Cheng
"A Love Letter" is a short film about two Asian-American families' journey to stay together through love and acceptance. Through love letters, they share their profound love for one another, and the story of how having a transgender family member powerfully transforms their lives.
Registration now open!
Whether you are local to Los Angeles or based outside of the U.S, you will be able to attend this year's conference as we are offering virtual and in-person workshops, meetups, and panels from Friday, Nov. 10th- Sunday, Nov. 12th.
We highly encourage early registration as In-Person spots are limited.
Some sessions include: “When Dinosaurs Roamed: A Conversation with LGBTQ+ Over 40, Queering Family Gatherings, Boundaries, Collective Care, and Interdependence”, and more! Full session list will be released in the coming weeks. Stay up to date through our Instagram.
If you have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please go to the Okaeri website to learn more details about our Nikkei LGBTQ+ community.