The Arizona Trans Youth & Parent Organization was started in 2010 by Tammy Janssen to support her son, Max, in his transition. As a parent of a transgender child, Tammy found herself suddenly confronted with an array of questions and little to no support to find answers. She decided to start a support group comprised of a small handful of parents all facing the same questions, concerns, hopes and fears. Her group grew steadily as a way to for parents to share information on resources, to collaborate and support each other when facing challenges, and to collectively celebrate their successes.
Tammy left the group in January 2016 to be closer to her family. Since then, AZTYPO has continued to grow steadily and build upon the foundation that she established. We currently support roughly 100 families from Phoenix and the surrounding area.
We advocate for positive change in our local schools by providing training and educational sessions for teachers, administrators, and staff. We readily support initiatives in the community that aim to promote awareness of transgender issues. Our goal is to support the friends and family of transgender children directly by providing a safe space where they can find answers to their questions, and indirectly by pushing for societal change in creating a trans-inclusive environment for our kids.