Arlene Jeanette Kish
Arlene Jeanette Kish is an activist/advocate for the transgender community. Arlene has been married for 42 years with 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren. Although Arlene knew from early on she was a girl, she struggled for years to live as expected by society. Arlene decided to transition in September 2007, began contra-hormone therapy on June 13, 2008, began living full time on September 1, 2008 and had Gender Confirming Surgery on January 11, 2010. During this time, Arlene began facilitating a support group, which morphed into the Transgender Life Support at Affirmations in Ferndale, MI. She also started a weekly newsletter, including an extensive list of professional resources for the Trans* community. Arlene served as VP of PFLAG Detroit-Downriver and on Affirmations Board of Directors as Secretary. She has a Bachelor’s in Business Advertising and Marketing and was the recipient of the 2010 Howard Israel Community Award from the Michigan Fairness Forum.