J Michael Johnson
J Michael Johnson is a Tulsa native and is very excited to have been selected to become a candidate to become a part of the OKEq board of directors. J Michael is an enrolled member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. He holds a B.A. of Arts degree from The University Of Central Oklahoma (UCO). While at UCO he was heavily involved in student organizations and always made sure that LGBTQI+ rights and issues were always addressed in every committee he chaired or was a member of. He was a campus peer diversity educator who facilitated discussions on issues such as interracial relationships, HIV advocacy, and transgendered issues. He cites that his biggest mentors at UCO were Dr. David Macey and Dr. Lindsey Churchill who always encouraged and supported him during his time at UCO. J Michael hopes to accomplish many things as a board of directors. His top three priorities would be to have an increased presence of more Native American LGBTQI+ people involved in the community. To help educate, create, and support our allies so we can become a stronger community. Finally, to support, create, and assist our LGBTQI+ military members who have given us so much to be thankful for. When J Michael is not working, advocating, or studying you can find him at either 12th Street Beach in South Beach, Miami FL, West Hollywood, CA, or at home watching a biography on Netflix. He cites that "traveling is the best way to make new friends, experience diversity, and to understand what others are passionate about." He would love to have your support in this next election so that he can show you what we can and will accomplish this year. Finally, he stated that "We are experiencing an era of uncertainty after the 2016 presidential election. Many of us thought that the best years were a head of us, which they are. It's just that now we have to modify our approach on how we are going to get there. I would like for us to work together as one community to accomplish our goals in this time of uncertainty, a plan B. We may only have 3 years or a generation, but it's time to get everyone we know involved. As for myself, becoming a member of OKEq is just the first step. I hope that I can show our members that I can and will work hard for your support."