OUR STORY

This is our family, the original Normalizers!

 

Ash, the one celebrating their birthday, helped me start the Normalizers nonprofit as co-founder and chief marketing officer.

Our family has trans, non-binary, gay, and autistic members, making the mission of the Normalizers very close to our heart. At home, all of our kids are treated with understanding, love, and kindness...we want to help create the same understanding and acceptance out in the world.

from left to right:

Nick, Monica, Lali, Summer, Ash

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MEET OUR FAMILY

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MONICA GUPTA MEHTA

Co-Founder and CEO (she/her)

I am a teacher, educational psychologist, mom, and now an author! I started teaching 20 years ago in a traditional (and very progressive) classroom, a combination of Humanities and Social Emotional Learning. I then went back to get my masters degree before setting out to teach the world.

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ASH MEHTA

Co-Founder and CMO (they/them)

As a nonbinary lesbian (who also struggles with mental health issues), Ash has had to deal with microaggressions and outright bigotry. The pandemic separated Ash from their peers during a critical phase of social development. Through the Normalizers, Ash found much needed community support.

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SEVEN

Nonprofit Director (she/they)

Seven journeyed from being a server member right up to our Nonprofit Director. She is passionate about all things mental health & LGBTQIA. Seven runs our Discord Safe Space community server, as well as helping with everything we do from social media to fundraising to education. Seven is a college graduate and is currently training to be a therapist.

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SUMMER MEHTA

Podcaster (she/they)

Summer is autistic and transgender. She has strongly rejected gender norms for as long as I can remember. Summer has often been bullied due to being "different," and was cyberbullied on TikTok; sadly this is common for kids on the spectrum. Summer will be helping us by hosting podcasts about ASD and her experiences being on the spectrum.

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LALI MEHTA

Social Justice Warrior (he/they)

Lali is still young, but not too young to care fiercely about their siblings and others who suffer harassment and bullying. Anyone who knows Lali knows that they will make you laugh out loud any time of day or night, even in their sleep. Lali sometimes uses this humor and goofiness to distract from quite a bit of anxiety and some strong phobias. I hope to build with them a world in which people don't have to 'hide' the anxious parts of themselves away.

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SNICKERDOODLE

Chief Fun Officer

Snickerdoodle is part bunny part puppy as far as we can tell, and may actually be a stuffed animal. I appreciate his daily attempts to eat my office supplies, his naps at my feet while I work, and his warnings of danger every time a package gets delivered to our front door.