In recent years a growing number of young people have come out as transgender or genderqueer, increasing the need for support services for both those young people as well as their families. Last year, in conjunction with our support group for trans youth we created a support group for their families: Adult Families of Trans Youth. The group is led by our Volunteer of the Month for June, Brae Adams.

Brae has been the AFTY facilitator since its inception. The mother of a transgender child, she brings her personal experience together with her leadership skills to provide a safe and comfortable forum for the family members of transgender youth to come together. She is an active member of the Genesee Valley Gender Variants, and has spoken out publicly in support of trans rights and access to services. Brae’s work with AFTY and the trans community provides a critical resource that benefits both family members and trans young people themselves.

Brae Adams grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. Her lifelong interest in issues of equality and non-discrimination began while she was working as an intern for the Women and Gender Studies department at Mississippi State University, where she helped design and implement the school’s first Gay Straight Alliance. Her work was put slightly on hold by the birth of three children, a series of moves around the south, and a career as a Montessori teacher, but her passion remained. Upon moving to Rochester (where she saw snow for the first time) she began graduate studies at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and became a charter member and co-convener of the Open and Affirming Student Caucus. Currently, Brae serves as Lay Pastoral Leader at Open Arms Metropolitan Community Church at 707 East Main Street, Rochester.

Wonderful and dedicated volunteers like Brae Adams are essential to the community work we do at the Gay Alliance. We are deeply grateful to Brae for the work that she does with AFTY and the rest of the trans community. Congratulations to Brae Adams for being selected Volunteer of the Month for June!