RiseOut Advocacy Coalition

The RiseOut Advocacy Coalition is comprised of more than 50 LGBTQ+ and allied organizations from every region of New York State. Our collective work to advance LGBTQ+ equality statewide is a broad and diverse collaboration—and together we are already making historic progress.

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If your organization would like to become a RiseOut partner, please complete our Advocacy Partnership Registration Form. For more information email advocacy@gaycenter.org.

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Advocacy Council Members

Dorcas Adedoja


Dorcas Adedoja (they/them) is a Nigerian-American nonbinary transmasculine public health architect. They are a Human Rights Campaign ACTIVATE Fellow, DotDash Anti-Bias Review Board Member, and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Accountability Cabinet Member dedicated to centering Black and LGBTQ+ people as they work to improve healthcare for all.

Adomako Aman


Adomako Aman is a New York-based artist that first gained attention for his documentary “Dancing in the Dark.” This film explored the Black & Latino American gay experience and how it goes hand-in-hand with New York City nightlife culture. “Dancing in the Dark” has gained over half a million views and has been recognized in publications such as The Huffington Post, Vice, and PAPER Magazine. In putting together the short film PEACE, Aman performed as Leon; worked as a Director, Writer, and Executive Producer; and held many other roles behind the scenes to help see this project through. Aman’s main objective in this work is to continue telling stories of people who are underserved in popular television & cinema with newly launched company Aman TV Productions LLC.

Eden Segbefia


Eden Segbefia (they/them) is a student at Barnard College born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. Currently, they are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In their free time Eden enjoys sound designing for theater, baking bread, playing the banjo, and nerding out about astrology.

Elijah Li


Elijah Li, a New York native, is an LGBT advocate, community business owner, writer, designer, and engineer. Elijah’s advocacy centers on marginal identity, community development/empowerment, and visibility as it relates to LGBT minorities. His work in the community came as a natural extension of his work in engineering, where there was an implicit commitment to identify issues and solve them in unique ways.

Kylie Madhav


Kylie Madhav has spent nearly the entirety of her career working in various human rights-oriented capacities in the United States, India, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. In her professional capacity, she has collaborated closely with queer, immigrant, and economically vulnerable communities. She holds an MBA from Yale and an MSW from New York University, and is fluent in French, English, Spanish, and Haitian Kreyòl.

Major Nesby


A multidisciplinary creative, Major started his career as a dance artist performing in New York City and on global stages. A graduate of Point Park University, he has also had the opportunity to act and appear in several web series, commercials, and movies. Along with dancing and acting, Major is currently working as a producer, content creator, host, and correspondent. He has worked with outlets such as GLAAD, Google, and HBO, and has interviewed prominent leaders in entertainment, including award-winning writer-director Lee Daniels as well as Pulitzer Prize winners Jericho Brown and Michael R. Jackson.

Ndlela Nkobi


Ndlela Nkobi is a filmmaker, video content creator, and teacher based in the Bronx, NY who creates short videos including interviews, profiles, and narrative films. His films have screened at the San Diego Black Film Festival and Planet in Focus Film Festival, among others. He is currently revising a narrative short script and producing online video content.

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