Experience

Tony Ferraiolo is a Certified Life Coach, a public speaker, trainer and advocate for transgender youth. In 2008, he founded several groups to address the needs of all family members of transgender and gender non-conforming children and teens. The groups were designed to provide a complete support system for the entire family. Beyond this list of inspiring accomplishments, Tony is known for infusing his stories of the struggles of transition with insight, humor, and compassion.

Recognition

Media Appearances
2017 Providence Town Magazine
2016 Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion, Featured Article
2016 JAACAP Book Review Artistic Expressions of Transgender Youth
2016 WNHH Out & About Radio Show
2015 NEXT Magazine
2015 WKTV Utica NY
2014 Zip06, Meet a ‘Self-Made Man’
2014 WNPR, All Things Considered

2014 Mark My Words! Life Coach Radio Network
2013
The New Yorker, “About a Boy”

2013 Hartford Courant, “New Haven Transgender Advocate the Subject of “A Self-Made Man” film.
2013 New Haven Register, “Fraternity Aims to Help Friend. Ends up helping other Transgender People.”
2012 PBS In the Life Media, “Becoming Me,” video

Awards
2012 Champion of Change (White House) – Nominated (video)
2012 Lambda Legal, Connecticut Cares Award
2011 UCONN Lavender Award, Most Inspirational Speaker
2011 New Haven Pride Center, Dorothy Award
2010 True Colors, Hero Award

Advocacy

Advocacy for Transgender Youth and Families
2012 The Sibling Group: Support for siblings of transgender and gender non-conforming children
2009 TransPACT: Support for parents of transgender and gender non-conforming children
2009 Create Yourself: Art group for gender non-conforming children under the age of 12
2009 Binder Drive: Fund raising for free chest binders for transgender teens and adults.
2008 Translation: Support for transgender teenagers

Advocacy for Transgender Adults
2008 Jim Collins Foundation, Co Founder: Support and fund raising for gender-confirming surgeries

Keynote Speaking, Trainings and Workshops

Keynote Speaking Engagements
2017 PFLAG Norwalk, Connecticut
2017 Drexel University Fashion and Media Conference
2016 Grand Rounds Zucker Hill Hospital
2016 PFLAG Concord New Hampshire
2015 Herkimer College
2014
Institute of Living, From Patient to Professional
2014 
LGBTQ Behavioral Health Conference
2014 Connecticut Trans Advocacy Coalition
2013 Southern Connecticut State University APRN Program
2013 Connecticut Hospital Association
2012 Eastern Connecticut State University

Workshops / Training
2017 Kent School
2017 Durham School District
2017 Natchaug Hospital
2017 Perception House, Willimantic CT.
2016 Wethersfield School District
2016 Winsted School District
2016 Yale New Haven Hospital
2016 Northeast Medical Groups
2015 North Branford High School
2015 Yale, American Psychiatric Association
2015 Yale School of Medicine
2014 From Fear to Acceptance
2014 Baker & Botts LLP
2013 Hartford Children’s Hospital, Trans 101
2013 Hartford Children’s Hospital, “Caring for your transgender patient.”

Additionally, Tony is the Co-Founder and President of the Jim Collins Foundation an organization that raises money to fund gender-confirming surgeries for the transgender community. Tony has dedicated himself to promoting competent and respectful health care for the transgender community, educating providers and advocating on behalf of patients.