Nikki Araguz Loyd
Founding Director and Chairwoman Of The Board
Recently recognized by President Obama, Nikki Araguz Loyd was the first adolescent to appear on national television in the 1990’s and discuss being transgender. Nikki has been advocating for HIV and Transgender awareness since 1995, when she told the world on the Sally Jesse Raphael show she was raped at 13 and infected with HIV. Following the July 4th 2010 death of her firefighter husband, Nikki was sued for the death benefits and her marriage was subsequently invalidated by a Texas judge based on her birth as a transgender person. After a half decade long battle the case was overturned on appeal and the Texas Supreme Court denied a further appeal by petitioners, sending the case back to the trial Judge for a historic reversal. Araguz Loyd has taken her struggles and turned them into a triumph for all transgender people assuring the legislative, judicial and procedural changes in all forms of government for the improved lives of all people regardless of their gender identity. Acknowledged as the inspiration by Harris county Sherriff Adrian Garcia for his monumental and comprehensive changes to the process with which transgender inmates are handled, Araguz Loyd uses her voice and public persona to ensure that all people are treated with equal respect. Having been featured on ABC’s 20/20, NBC, CBS, PBS, Inside Edition and numerous articles around the world, Nikki has remarried American contemporary artist William Loyd and their family is the subject of a digital docu-series called Nikki’s American Dream focusing on the families activism and her life as a transparent. Nikki Araguz Loyd travels the country helping families heal while focusing on trans identified people achieving the transitioned status they desire including access to name changes and hormone replacement therapies. She is known throughout social media as @AmericanNikki for her compassion, wit and unrivaled honest opinion. www.americannikki.com
Julian Henry Hanes- President
Contemporary artist William Loyd is a social justice advocate. He is a father, husband, and human rights activist.
Bethany Townsend – Secretary
Bethany Townsend is a Ph.D. Candidate at Rice University in Linguistics. Her dissertation explores the masculinities available to various transmasculine individuals and how those masculinities are expressed semiotically. Working with the local community to empower transgender people is part of her commitment to ethical research practices and social justice.