Zachary Kerr: 2013 Honoree Picture - The HALO Awards 2013

Zachary Kerr: 2013 Honoree

Growing up as one of three identical triplets in Methuen, Mass., Zachary Kerr always knew something wasn't quite right about his personal identity. After years of confusion and depression, Kerr discovered that he had been battling gender identity issues and decided to make a transitional journey. Throughout this transition from female to male, Kerr faced tough challenges at school from both students and teachers. He then decided to become a positive advocate for the transgender community, in order to help pave the way for more acceptance and equal treatment for others in the same transition.

Kerr joined his school's Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) club and soon became president, allowing him to attend the GSA national gathering in Washington, D.C. as a youth representative. He then joined the Massachusetts Safe Schools Program for Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Students, for which he runs workshops and shares his personal story to help educate school staff on how to create safe and encouraging environments. In addition, Kerr has also helped facilitate similar educational programs through Greater Boston PFLAG, where he speaks in large school assemblies, classroom groups, health classes and professional development sessions for teachers.

Kerr has spoken at 200 schools in Massachusetts and met with the state governor about the importance of the Transgender Equal Rights Bill. He is currently speaking to the Secretary of Education regarding policy change that supports transgender students nationwide. As Kerr enters his freshman year at Wheelock College this fall, he hopes to soon develop a mentoring program, similar to Big Brothers Big Sisters, for transgender youth.

To learn more about Zach, click here to watch his honoree video!