DAN DUKES

Speaker/Freedom Fighter/Social Advocate

Educator/Peacemaker


Introduction


I grew up in the 1960's where men were men, and women were seen and not heard. Race, gender identity, and diversity were not topics of discussion around the dinner table in my middle-class family. As a young girl I did not fit in with those around me and I did not have the internet to Google for the answers I so desperately needed. I was very lonely, depressed, and lost. I turned to alcohol at age 16 and continued as a functioning alcoholic until 1998. After crippling debt, a failed marriage, and health issues, I finally said "enough is enough" and had my last drink. I now have over 20 years of sobriety and life has never been better.


In my private life I have held many titles including wife, husband, daughter, son, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, lesbian, and trans-man. In the business world I have been a Manager, Trainer, General Manager, District Manager, Commissioner, and Advocate.


It was 2008 when I started my most personal challenge and started the process to transitioning from female to male. As a Transgender man I have navigated family life, relationships, health issues, and the workplace. I have been in Restaurant management for over 20 years and have worked in the private sector as when as in Higher Education. I have become an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community and an accomplished speaker. 


My messages of inclusive communities, workplace acceptance and gender equality are filled with TRUTH, hope, humor, and inspiration. 

Involvement

Human Rights Commissioner: 20015-present: City of Norman Oklahoma

Diversity Liaison/University Community: 2018-present: University of Oklahoma

Staff Initiatives Committee: 2018-present: University of Oklahoma

OU Leadership Council: 2015: Graduate, University of Oklahoma

PFLAG: 2015-present: Norman Oklahoma Chapter


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