February 17, 2023
Fostering Change Podcast | Episode 168 | Erik Adrian Alexander
Happy Mardi Gras! Today Rob talks with New Orleans’ own Erik Adrian Alexander – otherwise known as the creator of the “Nola Papa” brand, website, podcast, and a soon-to-come magazine! You’ll truly get a sense of his energy and motivation to make the world a better place for us all!
Erik, married to his husband and has three children, also talks about his latest book, “The Adventures of Addie Underwater”, which was inspired by his daughters’ love for mermaids.
Erik shares his experience of creating Nola Papa, which he started in 2015 when he and his husband became fathers. He says that the blog was born out of fear as they did not know what they were doing. However, the blog turned out to be a great way to increase visibility for same-sex parents.
Rob and Erik also discuss how there is a lack of representation of same-sex parents in children’s books. Erik’s book fills this gap and provides children with a positive representation of same-sex parents. Rob and Erik share how they don’t need titles to define their family and how they want their children to be judged based on who they are as individuals rather than their parents’ sexual orientation.
Erik’s overall mission is to broaden the one-sided view of the stereotypical American family.
Story Key Notes:
🖐️ The importance of minority visibility
🖐️ More than pride month in June
🖐️ Podcast – showcasing inspiration in all forms!
You can find out more about Erik by visiting:
Learn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/