OUT TO PLAY with Justice Horn

January 14, 2019

Be Inspired to act by this young man story - Justice Horn

Justice Horn is an out, gay man who formally wrestled for Northern State University but now attends The University of Missouri Kansas City. He will be on the rowing team and will continue to be an activist as an athlete. He is a rising figure politically, advocating for all the communities he represents.  He’s prepared to to use his platform to highlight America’s inequalities. 

Podcast Host Edafe Okporo, Author of BED 26, Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in the United States. www.edafeokporo.com

 

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Choices you make are very formative with Floyd

January 7, 2019

People from all ages learn from knowledge reflected upon, getting access to knowledge is easy to do but that is not where wisdom is born,  the hardest thing to get is understanding because understanding is reflecting on experiences.

The use of mobile devices in the modern day world and how it affects activism. Reflecting on how the use of mobile devices and the challenges that comes with running a physical space competing against Netflix for 12 dollars a month to get someone of their couch.

Podcast Host Edafe Okporo, Author of BED 26, Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in the United States. Visit my website www.edafeokporo.com

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Making Gay History Podcast Host Eric Marcus in a conversation with Edafe Okporo

January 1, 2019

Eric Marcus is an American Non fiction writer. His works are primarily of LGBTQ interest. The #1 New York Times best-selling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis. In addition, Eric has written articles and columns for the New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, and Newsweek. The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights, 1945–1990, which won the Stonewall Book Award. Other topics he's addressed in his writing include suicide and pessimistic humor.

 

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Uncommon sense in Unusual times with Csaba Toth

December 24, 2018

Csaba Toth 

What do you do for a living? The very short answer is that I teach uncommon sense in unusual times. The longer version is that I help companies keep their best people and attract new talent through Intelligent Global Leadership, so they can lead them in a way that they feel valued, understood and able to turn their differences into synergy instead of painful liability.

60-80% of all problems in a company are due to strained relationships between employees...the top 3 reasons are clash of personalities, clash of values and poor leadership. We address all 3 of them at the same time as they stem from the same source...the lack of understanding why people think and behave differently and how to turn those differences into synergy instead of painful liability.

 We address this issue on 2 levels:

  • Individual as most people use 10% of their personality and the other 90% is waiting to be unlocked.
  • Group level, as smart people rarely excel as a team. Companies hope to create synergy by combining their skills, in reality, 79% of their potential gets lost due to interaction gap...that is not great for business.

We have 21st century solutions to dramatically improve both levels by expanding their comfort zone and enhancing their behavioural flexibility.

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Beyond Representation of LGBTQ and people of color by media a conversation with Samuel Nemir Olivares Bonilla

December 18, 2018

The Mainstream news media have no latino or black reporter, the narratives of immigrants, people of color and LGBTQ people have been reported dominated by white reporters, who lack cultural competency.

 

Online conversation have a real impact on law makers, social media is an effective way of demanding change in legislation from lawmakers, social media have allowed people in their home and voice to take a stand. Social media is a wonderful tool for political change example is the black lives matter movement and me too movement resulted from online conversation. Social media allow safe participation, anonymity this have resulted in responsive social movement.

We have a Twitter president, but were also glad for the amount of online activist we have that counter this informations, the president pass a legislation on muslim ban but social media allow people to rally up and gather to protest

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International Human rights day 2018 with Jack Harrison-Qunitana and Mathew Shurka

December 17, 2018

Mathew Shurka is the leading global advocate for ending conversion therapy. Driven to prevent others from being subjected to this ineffective practice, Mathew boldly posted his personal story on Youtube in 2012. As a result, organizations nationwide sought Mathew’s support to protect LGBTQ youth. In conjunction with the #BornPerfect campaign Mathew’s work has passed legislation in fourteen US states, more than a dozen cities, including Washington DC, and introduced US federal legislation to prohibit the use of conversion therapy amongst minors. What makes Mathew’s work evermore remarkable, is his approach to work directly with his oppostion to create social justice.

 

Jack Harrison-Quintana, M.A., is a queer Latino activist, demographer, and researcher currently serving as the director of Grindr for Equality. Prior to his current position, Jack worked for the National LGBTQ Task Force, the Global Trans Research and Advocacy Project (GTRAP), the National Center for Transgender Equality, and Khmera. In 2010. Jack earned both his B.S. in International Studies and his M.A. from the interdisciplinary program, Communication, Culture, and Technology, from Georgetown University.

Podcast Host Edafe Okporo, Author of BED 26, Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in the United States. www.edafeokporo.com

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Importance of Diversity and Inclusion - The society that Could by Michael Woodward

December 13, 2018

Founder of LGBTQ Q and A based in Seattle, Consultant, writer and singer, Transgender man, 55yrs old with a lesbian background. Michael have worked as a consultant with business and Health care providers to make their environment more inclusive. He spoke about gender identity and sexual orientation and how to build an inclusive society for all.

Michael also discussed about self acceptance and why is important to have a sense of community.

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Importance of Mentoring through LinkedIn with Tom O’Toole

December 11, 2018

Mentor-ship is being able to let go of your vulnerability and work with a different person to assist you with being and becoming a better person.

Edafe Okporo meet Tom O’Toole on social media through Linkedin mentoring program, they discuss about the process of drafting a mentoring session, creating resources for the mentor and the mentee relationship.

Mentor-ship model used started with taking the personality test, Enneagram personality test, specific goals related to mentor-ship is the goal that the mentee drive the agenda at the beginning so Tom allowed me to draft the initial goals, Professional goals and leadership goals Tom stressed that you need to take care of all of yourself to be a leader,you have to develop your body, your mind and your soul.

Edafe Okporo, I was able to accomplish my three set out goals during the mentoring session. Mentoring is a key to success, because you cannot make it alone. Accountability is key to growing as a person.

Podcast Host Edafe Okporo, Author of BED 26, Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in the United States.  

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Social Media influencer changing the landscape of stereotypes on the internet with Steve chucks and Temisan Emmanuel

December 3, 2018

STEVEN CHUKS is an Actor, Comedian, Social media influencer co-writer and director of  I Be man play on the stereotype of being a man in Nigeria.

https://instagram.com/stevechuks_?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=10rwlnnenemph

 

TEMISAN EMMANUEL is an Actor, PR strategist, Model, TV host, Comedian and Actor, My dream is to be on TV, he played a role on I Be man play on the stereotype of being a man in Nigeria.

https://www.instagram.com/taymesan_/?hl=en

 

Podcast Host Edafe Okporo, Author of BED 26, Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in the United States.

 

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The importance of faith based institutions in accepting LGBTQ rights with Bruce Knotts

November 27, 2018

Bruce Knotts is the Director of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office

Bruce was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia. He worked for Raytheon in Saudi Arabia and on a World Bank contract in Somalia, before he joined the Department of State as a U.S. diplomat in 1984. In 2004, Bruce was elected to the Board of Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA). Bruce retired from the Foreign Service in 2007 and joined the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office as its Executive Director at the beginning of 2008.

He was discriminated for his sexual orientation and filled a complaint against the department of state, because of three strikes which are: based on his sexual orientation, color of his husband skin and social class. This led to his resignation and started his work with NGO

He now works as the head of a faith based institution, he talks about the intersection of his work and the reality of how homosexuality is being viewed by various religious based organizations. He also spoke about how seeking asylum is a right of the asylum seeker by international law, listen to the full episode of the podcast.

Bruce: I came to the UN with a purpose to promote LGBTQI rights, when I got here to UN New York in 2008 people look at me strangely speaking on LGBTQI rights, as I continue my work we got a upliftment in the movement with more than 65+ countries signed the draft document to end discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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LGBTQ Social Movement: The rise of an organized & connected global movement with Doug Kerr

November 19, 2018

LGBTQ Social Movement: The rise of an organized, well-funded & connected global movement with Doug Kerr

Doug Kerr is a consultant, college professor and community organizer based in Toronto, husband, Scottish Canadian and a father interestingly with these label’s most people who think of Doug would define him a completely happy man by society definition of these label’s? The dynamic and interesting twist are; Doug is in an interracial marriage and a gay man? Society frown at this especially from the part of the world I came from?

He also discussed his journey of self acceptance, how he came out at a conservative time during the AIDS crisis in Canada, due to the death of his two lesbians friends who committed suicide, this particular scene leds to him finding a voice and being empowered as an individual to speak up for others, this became part of his life, which today translate to his global justice work and hosting world pride in Canada.

Doug: I keep my volunteer work separate from consultancy, my work have been in network building, strategic planning, majority of my work in the LGBTQ community have been volunteer based, what started as a volunteer work have taken over my life, my husband can attest to that. If I have to continue this work, I might have to consider taking some contracts. Listen to the podcast to learn more about the global movement.

Podcast Host Edafe Okporo, Author of BED 26, Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in the United States.

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The Fourth-industrial revolution, CYBER CRIME and the age of information technology with Andy Mady.

November 13, 2018

ANDREW AGBO-MADAKI is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants in Nigeria. A Cyber Security and ePayment consultant with 10 years’ of experience in information security, He is also the former Curator of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community (Abuja Hub). Mr Andrew Agbo-Madaki is currently working on many different projects as a Certified Management Consultant as well as being the Chief Executive Officer of Decy-4 Technologies, an e-Payment and Information Security Consultancy. If he wasn’t already busy enough he is also the General Manager of the Africa FinTech Network. Join us as he discusses his life's journey on The Pont with Edafe.

Quoting Andrew, I learned how to use a computer at the young age of nine (9 years) and grew up loving everything to do with computers and technology. When I was eleven (11 years) old I began working in my dad’s office with his computers. Nigeria at the time was well known for advance fee fraud also known as (Yahoo Yahoo). I went on to study sociology and criminology and knew the next wave of crime would be digital. My intuition made me more aware of cybercrimes and led to me studying computer forensics in Wales and graduating with a Masters Degree.

Andy has a simple vision to reduce financial crimes and to help rebuild the reputation of Nigeria. He believes technology can be a solution for Africa and should not be fought against because we don’t have enough access, limited access should not prevent Africa from participating in the 4th industrial revolution. What I see is that the general public in Nigeria does not have reliable access and that the few that do have it are making use of it to help others, a few examples are Jumia, food deliveries and other e-commerce platforms. The 4th Industrial revolution is happening right now whether you like it or not and these people and companies will help Nigeria and its people thrive to become more prosperous.  

Andy who is part of the not too young to run bill campaign in Nigeria has spoken about the importance of young people participating in the transformation of the Nigerian government. It is imperative for them to not only to be a part of the process of electing leaders but also for them to become leaders.

Andy says part of his success is to have a personal routine and to start each year by identifying and focusing on 3 main priorities. Using Andy’s model please listen to the podcast to learn how to set your own goals for 2019.

Contact Andy agboandy@gmail.com

Podcast Host Edafe Okporo, Author of BED 26, Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in the United States. 

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VOTE FOR US CAMPAIGN BY Immigration Equality

November 6, 2018

VOTE FOR US CAMPAIGN BY Immigration Equality, the nations leading law firm representing LGBTQ and HIV positive asylum seekers with pro-Bono legal service.

Immigration equality started the #vote4US movement, Aaron C. Morris is Immigration Equality’s Executive Director. Prior to becoming ED, Aaron led the organization’s law and policy programs. As such, he has supervised Immigration Equality’s legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and lobbying efforts.

I sat with Aaron to discuss with him what is like to be the executive Director of Immigration equality, he explained his journey of joining immigration equality from law school, as a staff attorney in 2008, I had client and mentor attorney in our pro-Bono network, I became the senior staff attorney, became the director of policy in the beginning of 2016 I became the point head of the organization and still have 8 clients.

Quote Aaron “We were founded in 1994 because there was a gap in legal service for LGBT and HIV positive people, it make sense because of the internationality and is an undeserved population due to historic stigma and discrimination. Aaron explain is organization focus on this two group are closed tied into the structure, being that LGBT people are mostly affected by HIV, it became evident to combine the fight for LGBTQ and HIV positive persons which have been classified as marginalized groups.

Aaron also pleaded for people who can vote they should vote, one of our campaign is the vote for #us campaign, I think we should ask our representatives if they are not supporting LGBTQ and friendly to LGBTQ policies do not vote for them. There are more people that believe immigrants enrich our country, than those who believe the otherwise, we are in a difficult time but we should go out and vote.

Since the mid 1990’s United States have accepted sexual orientation and gender identity as protected grounds under the asylum law, we have won a lot of case for people living with HIV who are not LGBT, so people can come to the United States and seek asylum on this basis but since the Trump administration the work has become more difficult, I would not advice an incoming asylum seekers to ask for asylum at the border because they would be detained and you would be in detention till your cases have a final decision. If you come on a visa and want to apply for asylum that is a different part, you might be detained but is likely not possible.

Aaron advice asylum seekers who do not have legal representation to get as much information as they can to enable, they can access such information from www.immigrationequality.org if you cannot find a lawyer, at least consultation with a legal firm is ideal. Is our hope to always give someone the basic tool to give people help.

Asylum seekers who are on HIV medication should not stop taking their medication because the public charge policies does not apply to them, seek legal consultation and if you need any help call immigration Equality.

I ended the session with the support I got from immigration equality, many asylum seekers like myself need legal assistance as the first step in getting a legal status, Legal representation would have cost me thousand of dollars. I believe the first step for building your life in a new country is to get a legal status, free legal representation is the key to building a migrant life.

Podcast Host Edafe Okporo, Author of BED 26, Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in the United States. Visit my website www.edafeokporo.com

#vote #asylumseekers #migration #immigrants #law

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A movement cannot be deported : Ravi Ragbir The Executive Director of New Sanctuary coalition New York

November 1, 2018

Ravi Ragbir is a Long-time permanent resident, community activist, father, and husband who faces permanent exile from his life in the U.S. Ravi’s immigration story began when he came to the U.S. from Trinidad in February 1991 on a visitor’s visa. In 1994, he became a lawful permanent resident (green card holder). A 15-year green card holder, Ravi was detained and ordered deported in 2006 by an immigration judge—without a hearing—based on a conviction for fraud, which he is currently seeking to vacate, based on factual and legal errors in his trial.

 

Ravi said the Immigration law is racist, from the initial immigration law in the 1800 was created to expel the chinese who were brought to work in this country (U.S.A), the United States do not want the Chinese to stay, the tactics is to deprived them of the opportunity to stay in the United States. Ravi said the current president of the United States is a nationalist, you know what that mean is a white nationalist.

 

This president (Trump) have talked of Africa and Caribbean as shit hole countries, and he has been vocal of accepting migrants from Europe instead of other places, the president is trying to do an ethnic cleansing, ethnic cleansing of brown and black people.

 

He spoke about Immigration Custom Enforcement Agency (ICE) who have been using color of skin as a criteria for asking people their immigration status, he was displeased with the law. If this law is racist why is the government upholding this law, he suggested the law should be totally wipe clean.

Speaking about his potential deportation and the support he got from the community in NYC and around the country is tremendous, faith based organizations and other community have really made the movement strong.

ICE is targeting me Ravi because of the work am doing, I speak against the agency and expose their agenda, ICE is waging a psychological war, but a Movement cannot be deported

Everyone needs to know you cannot be deported except through due process, do not sign any document that would waive that right, New Sanctuary Coalition provide training for individual community and large community, the principles of  New Sanctuary Coalition are no judgement, respect and do no harm. These are the foundation block which the New Sanctuary coalition movement was built upon.

Ravi spoke about his faith, he made mention that if it result to him being deported, that the universe will take care of him. Closing words “I consider myself as an activist and a lightning road”

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Two Years Anniversary : Journey so far, life of an LGBTQ Asylee

October 28, 2018
 
Hurray it is the two year anniversary since I arrived in the united states on Oct-28- 2016 On this podcast episode, I share my journey as an asylee, tears, pain and triumph.
 
Speaking on my experience as a Refugee and sharing other Refugees’ experiences, we’ll have a discussion on the need for our voices to be heard - by “our voices” I mean multiple voices. More voices amplify our message of unity, diversity, and inclusion of all.
 
 
 
My work as an activist started with the death of a dear friend Emmanuel, who died due to discrimination in our health care system in Nigeria. The fight against stigma and discrimination is largely challenging ignorance, which is a big task to give to one person. I became part of the health care system by joining a Non profit organization that provide education to both service providers and community members. Today I am challenging stigma in a different capacity by providing awareness, education and voice for LGBTQ persons back home in Nigeria, here in the United States, and on social media platforms. At this point in my life, I am very critically involved in providing education and awareness by writing a memoir. My intention is to provide a presence for younger LGBTQ people from west Africa and all over the world to know that they are not alone in their struggles; secondly to shine a light on the America system of on-boarding migrants fleeing violence by detaining them; and lastly to help bridge the inequality gap faced by many people over many decades.
 
 
 
Why do you do this work continuously, even after getting your own freedom:
 
I try to give people reasons to live, especially marginalized persons. Professor Carl from Episode six made mention of this: To Quote Carl “We have the largest incarceration system in the world that imprisons so many people, I believe that the so called “free people” who are not in detention centers are also limited in their freedom. I also believe that Shining a light for the people who are in the detention centers is freedom for all” link to Carl episode
 
Americans are very good people. From the acts of kindness they do for each other, people can be very transparent, Kind, and loving. Our worth cannot be judged by our differences.
 
The beginning of a migrant journey can be very difficult but the end is victory, I am just one story to the whole plot. Please find time to be grateful and share the journey as it goes.
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