Brittan began his transitional journey and discovered the support he needed was either extremely difficult to find or didn’t exist at all. In an effort to lift as he climbed, he established NGMT to support other men through their journey to living their authentic lives. Since, Hardgers has been featured in the Feb 2020 Empty Closet Magazine as well as the final cover of the empty closet June 2020. Radio appearances on “The Rundown with Racqui B.” on 105.5 The Beat, 100.9 WXIR “Tickle Me Tuesdays with Yolanda Smilez, “The Situation” on WAYO 104.3 FM, Rochester Free Radio 106.3 FM WRFZ “Real Talk With Martha Hope” and many others. Hardgers was awarded the Community Leadership Award by Rochester Black Pride in 2018, featured in Oct 2019 WXXI article and radio interview, “Rochesterian’s Celebrate Coming Out Day as Supreme Courts weighs in on employment rights for LGBTQ workers” Nov 2019, Delivered Key-Note at City of Rochester Trans Day of Remembrance 2019 and the Host Of Trans Day of Remembrance 2020, featured in the Trans-Awareness and Trans-Affirming Barber sections of the November 2019 Empty Closet Magazine, and participated in the MOCHA Center panel discussion, “The Real Talk”. In 2020, Brittan walked into his passion for activism and education; he has spoken at multiple marches and rallies. Due to covid Hardgers has had the opportunity to sit on multiple panels across the U.S. such as Emory University, Rochester Public Defender's Office, Liberating Black Voices and many more….consulting, educating and fighting for all black lives.
“....Who would have known that this wouldn’t be an easy transition..... it has been a little less than 3 years into my physical transition into Brittan Nicholas (exactly 3 months shy of my 3 year manniversary). In this year of birth I have had to shadow so many new obstacles as well as old ones. I had to walk away from my marriage, my family, my friends and home for a while during this time. After everything I endured I truly believed I knew myself; I believed I knew all the methods to survival. I had to go back to the beginning of time and remember the 1st time I truly knew who I was and accept that I wasn’t different. I didn’t have to define my existence with that kind of terminology. That I was human and able to love and accept myself before ever asking another soul or requiring them to accept someone I was afraid to be. Learning to love yourself from the inside out and truly shine and represent who you are. To let go of broken memories and the stigma we have put on ourselves. To forgive others who have altered and shaped our minds to question who we stand for within ourselves. To believe past no shadow of a doubt that your story matters and can impact and bring forth change. I started a group here in Rochester, NY “ Next Generation Men Of Transition” to help support, share love, bring forth love, acknowledgement, awareness and unity among the Men Of this Generation to stand for those Men who are absent. To stand as mentors, fathers, uncles, loved ones, friends and foes. All this will and can be done with self embracing behaviors and a mind that strives on Mind over Matter. I have overcome my biggest obstacle; not the ones life gives me but the one I battled against my true self.” - B.Nick
Below you can find links to blogs/articles/videos written by Brittan Hardgers
Read TRAN/s/ Column 10/2020
Featuring Melanie "Mama Mel" Funchess
Featuring Melanie F. Contin.
Read TRAN/s/ Column 11/20
Featuring Kegine From "Kegine's Outreach"
Brittan Hardgers (B.Nick)