Marsha is an educator and advocate for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community, a cause she embraced due, in large part, to the harassment and bullying her son experienced throughout high school. She is helping to bring safe and nurturing high school diploma programs to students who face intolerable cruelty every day at their local high schools. Her dream is to invite all harassed and bullied students who have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out to continue their education at locations with staff that value their individuality and see their potential greatness. Since February 2010, a high school diploma program has been offered through the partnership of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center's LifeWorks Program and Opportunities for Learning Public Charter School. The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center is the largest gay and lesbian center in the United States. Marsha is hoping to work with a number of organizations across the nation to open similar programs. Her vision is that all LGBT and LGBT friendly students find places to graduate where they are treated with compassion and respect.
In 2011, Marsha was elected to the Parents, Family and Friends for Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) National Board of Directors. In this role, 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 community. Her first book Two Spirits, One Heart, a memoir about a mother and son's journey through transition is scheduled for release in September 2012 by Magnus Books.
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