Mark's Back Story

Mark grew up in a duplex near downtown San Francisco. His parents met at a party near Haight-Ashbury during the Summer of Love and would sometimes joke that little Mark was shy because he was conceived at Woodstock in front of 100,000 people. As a teen, he became fascinated with the Asian culture after his mother enrolled him in a Karate class and made him a green satin Karate Gi. After High School he spent the Summer in Southeast Asia studying Eastern Philosophy and received a scholarship to study Social Sciences at UCLA after submitting an essay titled: "Self-Awareness, the Path to Inner Peace". Mark worked hard in college and was starting to find his place in the world, but then he suddenly dropped out his junior year when he learned his parents were having health issues.

Mark and Carl discussing their work

Returning to the bay area from college was quite an adjustment since his work had to fit around taking care of his parents, but he was able to find positions at the YMCA, as a Yoga instructor, and the local LGBT Center, where he now leads the GIC (Gender Identity Center). Mark is an idealist, naive and sees the good in everyone. He believes that no one should live their life defined by others and that it is possible for every person to live a happy and rewarding life.

He posted a GIC support group flyer on the bulletin board at the YMCA and as a result was contacted by both Denise and April's mother about his background and consultation services. He doesn't know much about the Internet or the World Wide Web, but does use it for eMail and to research herbal medicines. He can be a bit scatterbrained, but genuinely loves helping people.