TKPRF Board Members
Greg & Jeanette are the proud parents of four children, Arial age 16, identical twins Sander & Griffen age 14, and Jazz age 11, who is their transangel.
Jazz was born with Gender Identity Disorder, and diagnosed at age 3. Since then, Greg and Jeanette have supported her, and continue sharing Jazz’s story publicly to help other families. In 2007, they filmed a Barbara Walters special with 20/20 entitled, “My Secret Self”, which was updated in 2008. In 2009, they shared their story with Australia in the 60 Minutes special, “My Secret Self”, with Liz Hayes. Now that Jazz is 11, and preparing to face puberty, 20/20 will continue to explore Jazz’s next chapter in the documentary film, “I am Jazz: A Family In Transition” which airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). in 2007, Greg & Jeanette started the TKPRF along with another family. The difficulties they had to face to give their transgender daughter a “normal” life, drove them to start TKPRF simply to help other transkids by spreading the message of tolerance and acceptance and most importantly, unconditional love.
Deborah Eve Grayson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Diplomate of the American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, (AASECT) Certified Sex Therapist, Gender Specialist and Registered Poetry Therapist in private practice since 1978. She is a Qualified Supervisor in Mental Health Counseling and Sex Therapy and is a Master Mentor/Supervisor in Poetry Therapy. She is a published author of four books on poetry, psychology and human sexuality, and has contributed chapters to various college texts and scholarly journals. An award- winning writer and photographer, she is also an Adjunct Professor at Lynn University where she teaches Human Sexuality, Mind, Body, Medicine and the Expressive Arts Therapies. An active member of the Florida Department of Health’s Transgender Community Task Force, she is currently earning her Doctorate in Clinical Sexology with an emphasis on gender variance and congruity throughout the life span.
Meet 11 year old Jazz, a honorary co-founder of the Transkids Purple Rainbow Foundation. Jazz speaks at universities, medical schools, conferences, conventions and symposiums. She is the current and youngest recipient of the Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award, and the youngest person ever to be recognized in The Advocate Magazine’s, “Top Forty Under 40” annual list http://news.advocate.com/post/21701470227/forty-under-40. For 2 1/2 years Jazz was banned from girls’ soccer in her state. After a long battle, the United States Soccer Federation ordered her home state to lift the ban. As a result of the discrimination that Jazz was forced to endure, the USSF is creating a policy to include all transgender athletes who want to play soccer in the United States of America. Her story is discussed in the May 28th, 2012 edition of Sports Illustrated, http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1198744/index.htm
She and her family continue to participate in many media projects with a goal to educate, and spread the message of tolerance and acceptance for all Transkids. For additional updates on Jazz, please visit her Youtube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/Gnetluvsgreg?feature=mhee