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.


Media Appearances
2019 Fox 61 Connecticut “transgender athletes”
2018 WTNH, Transgender Youth
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
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

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 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
2019 Next Street Driving School
2019 Yale New Haven PA Program
2019 Bridgeport Hospital Urology Department
2019 East Haven High School
2018 Yale New Haven Health, Lets Talk Event
2018 Compassionate Conversation Event, Middlesex Community College
2018 Wallingford Library
2018 Guilford Library
2018 Three Rivers Community College
2018 True Colors Queer Academy
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
Institute of Living, From Patient to Professional
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
2020 Reed Intermediate School, Newtown, CT
2020 Arch Bridge School, Bethlehem , CT
2020 The Foote School, New Haven, CT
2020 NHSEA Conference, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
2019 Yale New Haven Health Diversity Summit
2019 New Hampshire Assoc. of Special Education Administrators
2019 American Assoc. of Healthcare Administration Management, Connecticut Chapter
2019 Yale New Haven Health Medical Records Department
2019 The Foote School, New Haven
2019 Reginal 15 School District, CT
2019 Reed Intermediate School, Newtown
2019 Thomas Edison Magnet School, Meriden CT
2019 Jerome Harrison, North Branford, CT
2019 Hamden School District, Hamden CT
2019 Foran Academy, Milford CT
2019 Branford Middle School, Branford CT
2019 Capitol Region Education Council, Hartford CT
2019 Continuum Care, New Haven
2019 Milford, CT School District
2018 Branford, CT School District
2018 Connecticut APRN Conference
2018 Franklin Pierce University
2018 Presbyterian Promise, Hartford CT.
2018 Watkins School, Hartford CT.
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.”


2015  Artistic Expressions of Transgender Youth, Volume 1
2018  Artistic Expressions of Transgender Youth, Volume 2
2020  Contributing Author, Springer Publication "Pediatric Gender Identity" Overview and Terminology

Additional Experience

Additionally, Tony is the Co-Founder 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.

2019- Present- LGBTQ Cultural Competency trainer for Yale New Haven Health

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