Struggles of Transgender Youth Featured in White House LGBT Pride Month Champions of Change Video Challenge

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Tony Ferraiolo, a True Pioneer of Transgender Youth Work, On a Personal Mission Yielding Powerful Results

Certified Life Coach, speaker, and trainer, Tony Ferraiolo has advocated for the rights of transgender youth in many forums throughout the country and now has an opportunity to tell his powerful story at the White House. He is one of the entries in the first White House LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Pride Month Champions of Change Video Challenge. Winners of the competition will be invited to the White House to share their stories and ideas for the future.

The White House LGBT video competition coincides with June’s LGBT National Pride Month, first declared by President Bill Clinton in 2000. Of the proclamation, President Barack Obama said, “I call upon all Americans to observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exists.”

Ferraiolo’s three minute video ( was compiled from footage of a documentary currently being produced on his life by filmaker/video artist Lori Petchers. ( Petchers met Ferraiolo through the mother of a transgender child. “Tony is an incredibly unique individual. His ability to overcome the difficulties of his earlier life, and emerge as an inspiration to so many young people is compelling. I am quite proud to nominate him.”

Ferraiolo, depressed, hopeless, and with thoughts of suicide came to the realization that he was transgender and in 2005 transitioned from female to male. Since his transition he has impacted thousands of transgender people, health care professionals, and countless audiences he has spoken to.

He is also the President and Co-founder of the Jim Collins Foundation, (, an organization that raises money for gender-confirming surgeries for the transgender community who otherwise couldn’t afford them.

A frequent keynote speaker on transgender health care and workplace discrimination issues at places like the Yale School of Nursing, the University of Connecticut, and True Colors Conference, the largest LGBT Youth Conference in the country, Ferraiolo has also been featured on NPR, PBS, and in Fortune 500 Small Business Magazine.

Ferraiolo is represented by Diversity Works LLC, and is available for speaking events, workshops, and interviews. For information, contact Dan Weaver at dweaver(at)diversityworksllc(dot)com or 860-572-4445.

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