Aiden Takeo Aizumi was born in Japan on May 24, 1988. Adopted by Tad and Marsha Aizumi, he lived as a female for the first twenty years of his life. He attended public school, played varsity golf and was awarded MVP all four years. Coming out as a lesbian during his sophomore year, he experienced bullying and harassment daily in high school and was diagnosed agoraphobic with panic attacks. Unable to attend school as a result of his agoraphobia, Aiden barely finished high school, but did receive his diploma from Arcadia High School in 2006.
In 2008, Aiden came out as transgender and shared that he wished to transition from female to male. Since that day, his life has taken an upward turn. His focus for academic achievement returned. He is currently working as an Area Teacher II for Opportunities for Learning Public Charter Schools. Aiden is actively involved in the LGBT community. He serves on the PFLAG National Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Advisory Board and is President of Pasadena PFLAG Chapter. Aiden has also volunteered to speak at high schools and colleges in the area to broaden the awareness of LGBT issues. In his spare time, he loves music, Disneyland, traveling and photography.
Earlier in 2010, he was honored with the Paul A. Anderson Youth Leader Award from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in Dallas, Texas. Aiden also worked with his mother to bring high school diploma programs to LGBT youth who are dropping out or have dropped out of high school due to harassment and bullying. He hopes to share his journey with others and bring hope and empowerment to youth who need support. He believes his story of success can be theirs as well.
In May of 2015, Aiden graduated from the University of La Verne with his Bachelors in Liberal Studies. He is currently continuing at the University of La Verne as a graduate student working on his Masters in Education. In 2016, the University of La Verne selected Aiden as one of the "125 Most Influential" people at the university.
Aiden currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with his wife, Mary, and their furbaby, Kuma.