A native of Charlotte, Ashley Nurkin is the mother of two children, including one child who is transgender – this child was born and raised male but expressed consistently from a young age that she was a girl, and so in 2015, with the support of her family and friends, she transitioned from male to female. After her daughter came out as transgender, Ashley decided to get involved in the LGBTQ community as a way to help advocate for her daughter, and joined her local PFLAG (Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) chapter, eventually becoming the President of the Charlotte chapter and founding Transparents of PFLAG Charlotte, which now caters to over 50 families in the area.
“Our family has been incredibly lucky to have the support of our extended family, neighbors, and friends, but many members of the LGBTQ community are not in the same situation. Like any other mother, I want my children to be safe and self-confident and to have the opportunity to live to their full potential,” Ashley said. “We teach our children that being unique and authentic is something to be proud of and should never be a reason for shame.”