"When you follow your dreams, expressing yourself is as easy as breathing and everything you do becomes art." — Nikki Araguz Loyd
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"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven; A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance." Ecclesiastes 3:1,2,4
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of overcoming it." ~ Helen Keller
In these nearly three years as a widow, Nikki has endured scrutiny at every angle of her life, of every move she made (or didn't), criticized and critiqued ("To err is human, to forgive divine." ~ Alexander Pope), applauded and opposed - based largely on perception versus personal knowledge. The court of public opinion never ceases, while the courts of Texas are beginning to rule in favor of trans-people: Attorney Eric Ghormly won marriage-equality for his client.
The back-story and intimate details make Nikki Araguz an extraordinary woman in today's changing society. She speaks against discrimination and prejudice, promotes a greater understanding of Equality for All and offers life-coaching on transgender/transsexual and HIV issues to help individuals and families. Nikki is writing about her childhood, teen years, through two marriages, love and loss, struggles and joys - certain to reveal what only Nikki can peel away from her inner soul. Interest has already been expressed in publishing her autobiography, producing a film and television options focused on her life and inspiring story. Independent film producer Michael Bremer has met several times with Nikki to discuss potential projects.
Nikki proactively shares her story, experience, and survivor skills to educate, inform, and inspire others. Hundreds came to see her presentation at Pridefest 2012 in San Antonio. As an advocate for marriage equality, she met personally with Texas Legislators in 2011 to express opposition of Texas Senate Bill 723, and spoke in front of the Capitol Building with media and supporters.
In May 2011, Nikki was honored at the Harvey Bernard Milk Rally in Austin, with a poster signed by countless supporters. Harvey Bernard Milk is known as a pioneer who was openly gay, and won political office, before losing his life to an assassin in 1978.
On Saturday, June 4, 2011, Nikki Araguz joined Houston Mayor Annise Parker, City Councilwoman Jolanda Jones, attorney John Nechman, among local and national LGBT community members and supporters attending the Human Rights Campaign Gala event celebrating "The Heartbeat of Equality" held at the Hilton-Americas in downtown Houston.
In addition to numerous newspaper articles written about Nikki and her marriage to Thomas Araguz since his sudden death, ABC's Deborah Roberts interviewed Nikki for a 20/20 feature about her life. In May, 2011: follow-up story, with contributions from the October 2010 U.S. telecast, which has since been broadcast across the world.
Nikki is gifted with unique life experiences, and endeavors to share with all audiences. She speaks candidly with understanding and compassion to organizations and groups, small and large, on a variety of topics:
Nikki is often invited to speak at college campuses, churches, gospel events, LGBT gatherings, and other functions across the country. Her schedule is limited, with an exciting future ahead. To discuss arrangements to request Nikki Araguz as a keynote speaker, presenter, or learn more about her life coaching services, please email: nikki @ nikkiaraguz.com. Expenses and Honorariums appreciated.
Nikki's inner beauty, captivating smile, and vivacious personality matches her courageous poise in the face of adversity. OUT Magazine featured her in September, 2011: Nikki Araguz vs. The State By William Van Meter. A follow-up story is here.
Since 2011, Nikki has joined her legal team, Katine & Nechman, L.L.P, on their sponsored float in the annual Houston Gay Pride Parade.
Nikki honors the memory of her late husband, Captain Thomas Araguz III, by moving forward. She'll forever grieve his heroic and untimely death, but faith has shown her a promising future. She has adept legal teams that are focused on persevering through the court process, while Nikki makes every day another blessing. She continues to actively advocate for marriage and human equality, help others along the way - and find peace and joy in her personal life. Find Nikki on Facebook
Everyone wants to know: What is Nikki doing NOW? Jewelry and art have always been a passion she enjoyed - crafting original jewelry in an exclusive Houston gallery is another dream come-true. The Starving Artist Gallery, owned by Houston artist William Loyd, was founded to make original art and hand-crafted jewelry affordable to most everyone. Local artists are welcome to contact The Starving Artist Gallery for more information. Visit in the heart of the Museum District at 2037 West Alabama, Houston TX 77098.