June 14, 2020

Pride Series - Nikk Selik

Pride Series - Nikk Selik

Pride Series Day 14 we talk to Nikk Selik from Chicago, IL. Nikk Selik (he/him) is a 31 year old trans man from Chicago. He began his transition in 2009 while studying video editing at Columbia College Chicago. Nikk began his work as a trans activist in 2010 by becoming a public speaker on transgender identity. Since then, he has been facilitating workshops across the country in high schools, colleges, conferences, and businesses across the country.In 2016, Nikk co-founded the organization, T-MAC: Transmasculine Alliance Chicago, which is now the largest organization for and by transmasculine people in Chicago. Nikk has also been working with trans youth and their parents, both through his volunteer work with the Trans Mentor Program at Lurie Children’s Hospital and leading workshops on his own along with his family.In 2018, Nikk was selected for the “30 Under 30 Award” by Chicago’s largest LGBTQ publication, the Windy City Times for his contributions to the community. Currently, Nikk is in the process of using his skills to start a YouTube channel under the name “Trans Papa Bear”. He hopes to utilize this platform to provide information and insight to others from the perspective of a “trans elder”.

Introduction

 

June 28 1969 is when Pride officially started with the beginning of the Stonewall Riots. Although Pride has changed over the 51 years starting as a riot manifesting its way into a celebration on the streets, we still need to remember why Pride started in the first place. The Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in NYC was patroned by the LGBTQ community and due to that patrons were known for being harassed by the police. The night the Stonewall Riots began was not the first night raids happened there, but it was the last time the patrons were willing to put up with it without a fight. Pride is something we celebrate in our lives every day of the year and many of us continue to fight to be recognized to just exist. Like I say at the end of every episode Love Life, Live Authentically and as always Rise Up!

 

Meet Nikk Selik (he/him/his)

 

Nikk Selik (he/him) is a 31-year-old trans man from Chicago. He began his transition in 2009 while studying video editing at Columbia College Chicago. 

Nikk began his work as a trans activist in 2010 by becoming a public speaker on transgender identity. Since then, he has been facilitating workshops across the country in high schools, colleges, conferences, and businesses across the country.

In 2016, Nikk co-founded the organization, T-MAC: Transmasculine Alliance Chicago, which is now the largest organization for and by transmasculine people in Chicago. 

Nikk has also been working with trans youth and their parents, both through his volunteer work with the Trans Mentor Program at Lurie Children’s Hospital and leading workshops on his own along with his family.

In 2018, Nikk was selected for the “30 Under 30 Award” by Chicago’s largest LGBTQ publication, the Windy City Times for his contributions to the community. 

Currently, Nikk is in the process of using his skills to start a YouTube channel under the name “Trans Papa Bear”. He hopes to utilize this platform to provide information and insight to others from the perspective of a “trans elder”.

 

Podcast Episode

In this episode, we talk about:

-       Pride in Chicago Illinois

-       Corporate Pride in today’s Pride Events

-       Trans incorporation in Pride Events

-       Where Pride started (Stonewall Riots)

 

Quotables

 

“Some of the corporateness of Pride has caused it to lose some of its meaning.” – Nikk Selik

 

“Pride to me is about visibility, it’s about not being afraid to put ourselves out there and say who we are and tell others like us that it’s okay to be trans, queer, bi, etc.” – Nikk Selik

 

“In Chicago, there has been for incorporation of trans like trans flags.” – Nikk Selik

 

“It’s a reminder of where we started.” – Nikk Selik

 

Resources

 

Center on Halsted

https://www.centeronhalsted.org

 

Howard Brown Health Center

https://howardbrown.org

 

Find Nikk

 

Website

https://www.nikkselik.com

 

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/nikk.selik

 

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/transpapabear/

 

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