Here at Florida Agenda, we honor and profile our community’s “Dream Keepers” throughout the year making sure to recognize our black leaders like Nadine Smith, the passionate gay rights executive director of Equality Florida and Aryah Lester, the courageous chair of the Florida Health Department’s Transgender Work Group, featured in our Florida’s Top 100 Movers and Shakers.
During Black History Month, we turn the spotlight on more who have paved the way (Established Leaders) and those who are taking the reigns (Rising Leaders).
Rising Leader: Kishi Chad Martin, Health Promotion and Outreach Educator for Care Resource
Martin’s love for the LGBT community is clearly represented in the abundance of advocacy work he has done and continues to do. He has been a core member of the MProject; Broward House’s Men Empowering Men initiative, president of his college’s (Broward College) gay-straight alliance, a member of Planned Parenthood’s Broward County Youth Council, and a HIV counselor and outreach specialist for Minority Development and Empowerment, Inc. Martin is currently working as the Health Promotion and Outreach Educator for Care Resource. And when he is not doing his fulltime HIV/AIDS advocacy work, he is volunteering with Pridelines Youth Services, aiding as an adult advisor for the Sunserve Youth Group and contributing to BLACC, a male empowerment social group.
Rising Leader: Dwyane Stovall & Paris Deck, Senior Management of LUL Magazine
Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Stovall and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Deck are working on a new publication to share with the world. LUL (Let Us Live) Magazine is their brainchild for an all-inclusive LGBT publication that represents unity and diversity in an overwhelming lovable way. The dynamic pair is committed to providing our community with a magazine that reinforces individuality, compassion and diversity in a realistic and innovative way. They choose to highlight and celebrate our differences as our own unique attributes that make us one strong everlasting community. They are working tirelessly to bring the publication to light and will not stop until they accomplish their goal. Visit www.LuLmagazine.com to learn more.
Raising Leader: Jakari Roundtree, The Kiki Project Program Specialist
Roundtree has always known that he had much to offer the world so when a friend told him about an opportunity to work with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) in 2013, he quit his job as a UPS worker and began a new life in awareness and advocacy work. Roundtree found his passion working with the community by doing outreach work with AHF. The job was so rewarding that he decided to advance his knowledge and trained to become certified as a HIV tester and counselor. It was a step in the right direction, which brought him to the Pride Center. For the pass two years, Roundtree has been working with the Pride Center on a program called the Kiki Project. The Kiki Project focuses on empowering, educating, inspiring black men who like men 18 years old and up. But work isn’t the only place Roundtree expresses his new found passion. He also leads by example in his everyday life by sharing his smile and continuing to lend his voice to positive causes that help further awareness and change.