Category: Radio Show

NAP – Jordan Delmundo

Jordan Delmundo

Jordan Delmundo Executive Director NAP

Today on the show we sat down with Jordan Delmundo, Executive Director of NAP, Nebraska AIDS Project in Omaha. He shares about how NAP started along with all the wonderful resources they provide in education and testing right here in the Omaha area.

Better-NAP-logo-e1406911120476Founded in 1984 as a compassionate response to the AIDS crisis, Nebraska AIDS Project (NAP) leads the community in the fight to overcome HIV/AIDS and its stigma through education, supportive services, and advocacy. As one of the few statewide AIDS service organizations in the country and the only community-based AIDS service organization in Nebraska, NAP provides HIV prevention education and case management services to the entire state of Nebraska, 11 counties in Southwest Iowa, and two counties in Eastern Wyoming.The employees of Nebraska AIDS Project come from diverse and wide ranging backgrounds and each person brings with them skills, education, and experience to best serve our community. NAP’s team includes a Board of Directors, administrative staff, client services staff, education/prevention staff and more often than not, a few interns and students.

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Dr. Amanda Duffy Randall

On the show today I sat down with Dr. Amanda Duffy Randall. Omaha Therapist, Associate Professor, and the Director of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work at UNO. She shares some insights into her personal journey into becoming a therapist and how she started working with the LGBTQ Community. Dr. Randall is an amazing compassionate no nonsense human being who has a refreshing matter of fact way of approaching things. My favorite quote from our conversation is:

“Reaction is often times not long term adjustment, especially for a trans person, this has been something they have struggled with for a very long time. And when they tell their families they have about 30 seconds of reaction time. And often those reactions aren’t elegant, and aren’t pretty. But long term adjustments a very different process for families.” Dr. Randall

I LOVED our chat and I hope you will enjoy it too! I also hope you might learn something useful you can pass on to others. Please feel free to share this post with anyone you feel might benefit from it.

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Also, if you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out my video on transition and how it doesn’t just affect the person who is transitioning but everyone he or she knows.

TDOR – Transgender Day of Remembrance

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

On a special episode of the podcast we sit down with Kate Parrish, President of the RCGA (River City Gender Alliance), and she shares about TDOR Omaha and what is happening along with how RCGA is supporting the play Mama’s Girls produced by SNAP! Productions and showing now at the Shelterbelt Theater.  Click HERE to buy tickets to the show before they sell out!

Transgender Day of Remembrance is this Friday, November 20th.

TDoR Omaha presents the 4th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance at the beautiful First Unitarian Church of Omaha, 31st and Harney.  TDoR is a day that we gather in community to remember those who have died in the name of transphobia, share the living history of the transgender community, and to celebrate the transgender community.

Secret Kindness Agents

We couldn’t be happier to have today’s podcast go live! We sat down with Ferial Pearson who is an educator, activist, public speaker, human being extraordinaire and she shared how The Secret Kindness Agents became a reality!

Taken from their facebook page:
Moved by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, Ferial Pearson wondered if a simple act of kindness could change a life. She thought of the school where she taught and the students she guided every day and wondered, what would happen if we started secretly carrying out small acts of kindness in school? Could a modest act of compassion really change the course of a life? She posed the question to her students. They didn’t have the answers but they were willing to find out. And so they became the Secret Kindness Agents. They not only changed the lives of those they met, they changed their own. Their hope, their hearts, and their hunger for happiness will inspire you to change your small corner of the world, in your own way, for the better. Let them show you how they did it, and how you can do the same.

Ferial Pearson

Ferial Pearson, a native of Nairobi, Kenya, is a national award-winning high school teacher and college instructor. For her dedicated work in education and human rights, she has earned the National Education Association’s Virginia Uribe Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights in 2012, and the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network’s Educator of the Year Respect Award in 2011. She is an Instructor and Instructional Coach in the Teacher Education Department at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Buy a copy of Secret Kindness Agents by clicking here.  Follow the Secret Kindness Agents on Facebook by clicking here.

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QNYN

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On todays show we are chatting with Jordan Brown, President of the Queer Nebraska Youth Network, QNYN, in Omaha. The Queer Nebraska Youth
Network is a grassroots organization that aims to create a healthy, empowered, and visible community of LGBTQ+ youth in Nebraska. composed of 3 subgroups: the Queer Women’s Subgroup, the Queer Men’s Subgroup, and the Trans*/Genderqueer Subgroup. Peer leaders known as “admins” lead each of these groups, which are made up of youth, age 15-24, across the state of Nebraska and parts of western Iowa.
The QNYN’s current membership exceeds 700 LGBTQ+ youth. Members’ hometowns stretch from Council Bluffs, IA to Alliance, NE. Our growing community represents a diversity of experiences in terms of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, ability, and sexual/gender identities. We learn from the experiences of one another every day and work to make the QNYNs as radically welcoming as we can!

 

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SNAP! Productions

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On the show today we speak with Michal Simpson, Artistic Director at SNAP! Productions a Non Profit theater space in Omaha.  SNAP! has been around for 22 years and has produced award winning theater productions and musicals all focused on educating people on diverse topics.  Simpson has been with SNAP! for 22 years and shares some heartwarming and wonderful insights from both past and present shows.

Simpson also shares about the current production which opens on November 12th and runs through December 6th.

Mama’s Girls – Written by Marilynn Barner Anselmi

The show is about Eleven year old twins Amelia and Sam who argue about everything. Barbies, sports, chores, everything – except Sammy’s knowledge she is a girl trapped in a boy’s body. Amelia fights for everyone and everything who opposes Sammy, including their parents. The shrapnel of these conflicts brings Sammy’s transition and the fragility of their parent’s marriage to the fore.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.

We hope you enjoy the podcast we sure enjoyed our conversation with Michal!

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GLSEN Omaha

Today on the podcast we are talking with JohnCarl Denkovich who is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for GLSEN and his primary role is to serve as the local chapters Director of Policy and Legislative advocacy. He also sits on the National Advisory Council for GLSENs National Board.

GLSEN Omaha is a Chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. The mission of GLSEN Omaha is to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. They primarily serve the Omaha metropolitan area, including Council Bluffs, IA but provide services across Nebraska. They strive to protect students from bullying and harassment, to advance comprehensive safe schools laws and policies, to empower principals to make their schools safer, and to build the skills of educators to teach respect for all people. They work closely with the national staff of GLSEN to implement programs and affect positive change in school communities.

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PFLAG Omaha

On this episode of the podcast we interview Ellen James, board member.  PFLAG Omaha was established in February of 1987 PFLAG Omaha is a 501 (c) (3) non profit who meets people where they are and in collaborating with others they realize their vision through:

  • Support for families, allies, and people who are LGBTQ
  • Education for ourselves and others about the unique issues and challenges facing people who are LGBTQ
  • Advocacy in our communities to change the attitudes and create policies and laws that achieve full equality for people who are LGBTQ. for confidential support or information contact the helpline 402.291.6781 or email them at info@pflag-omaha. org
  • Check out their website
  • or on facebook

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UNO Gender/Sexuality Resource Center

On this episode of Speaking Of Happy Podcast Eli interviews Jessi Hitchins, Director of the UNO Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, and Jay Irwin, Associate Professor of Sociology at UNO and is a teacher and scholar of LGBTQ identities and health. We get to know more about what the center has to offer the students as well as the greater Omaha Community in helping to create safe spaces for the LGBTQIA Community.

Jessi loves Musical theatre, is a doctoral candidate, and scooter-riding nerd. Puggle/dog lover. Passionate feminist and polysexual wife/partner. Avid UNO Maverick fan!

And Jay loves live music and binge watching television shows, his favorite is Orphan Black.

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Speaking Of Happy Podcast by Eli Rigatuso

Radio Talk show!

Yes humans it is time for the first episode of the Speaking Of Happy Radio Talk Show!  Hosted by Eli Rigatuso!  This is a unique version of the show as it is an interview between Eli and a long time friend.  The interview took place about a week after the Caitlyn Jenner 20/20 Interview with Diane Sawyer.  At the time this was recorded Caitlyn was still going by Bruce and was OK with the pronouns Him/He.  And I do refer to Caitlyn in this manner during the interview.  Please understand that it is imperative to honor the request of transgender people when they provide you with a name and pronouns.  It is about respect.  I wanted to share this interview because even referring to myself as Transgender was very new for me and I had yet to pick out a name that works for me or even begin to think about what my transition would look like.

Since this interview I have picked a name and have shared with my family and many friends and even strangers about my transition.  I am proud to refer to myself as Eli Rigatuso, Trans Man.  I will be sharing many other stories as well as videos created by me to this site so keep checking back.  I seriously hope you enjoy the interview.

It originally Aired on www.radiomaha.com an online radio station located in Omaha and broadcast all over the interwebs and run by an eclectic group of radioheads.  I will be doing a regular weekly talk show which I am calling Speaking Of Happy and will be interviewing local LGTBQIA organizations and people living in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Speaking Of Happy Podcast by Eli Rigatuso

 

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