Eli Rigatuso

Photographer, Filmmaker, and Public Speaker in Omaha, Nebraska

Eli Rigatuso is an Omaha, Nebraska native who identifies as a queer transmasculine Two Spirit of the Menominee Nation. An artist, photographer, and video producer/director, Rigatuso has more than 30 years of experience in his field.

He has owned and operated Catch Creative a video production company since 1995 and has work experience in television, radio, and digital media as well as sales and management. Eli is a social media expert and has experience as on-air talent using his voice to help move the needle toward more inclusive spaces for LGBTQIA2S+ people!

An outspoken Equal Rights Activist who has served his community in a variety of ways since the mid 90’s Rigatuso was instrumental in raising funds for the Campaign against 416 in early 2000 and helped found as well as served on the board of Heartland Pride the local 501c3 nonprofit which hosts the annual Pride Parade and Festival in Omaha and since its inception has operated with a positive budget and has grown year over year.

In 2019 Rigatuso was honored with Heartland Youth Pride Marsha P. Johnson Change Maker Award for his contributions to the Omaha LGBTQIA2S+ Community for his activism over many years as well as his visibility as a transgender person.

Rigatuso hosts a podcast on the Speaking Of Happy Facebook page where he shares enlightening conversations and local LiveStream events with local LGBTQIA2S+ people living in the midwest. Be sure to check out his writing on the website at Speaking Of Happy!

Rigatuso is a seasoned public speaker/presenter and has facilitated numerous workshops on creating open and affirming spaces for transgender, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming people and he has given presentations at College of St. Marys, US Bank, Verizon Media, LinkedIn, Cox Communications, and Union Pacific along with many local nonprofits and small businesses. Read testimonials on our about page on Speaking Of Happy!

Rigatuso is certified to train the Teaching Transgender Toolkit which was created by Eli R. Green, Ph.D., and Luca Maurer, MS.

Finally, Rigatuso is a Video Producer/Director and loves telling stories that make a difference in the world! If you have a story to share or to schedule a talk please email at [email protected]

View some of Rigatuso's work in video production and photography through the website at CatchCreative if you have a special project that needs a creative eye then "You Will Love How We See It! View many video examples at Catch Creative's Youtube Channel!

  • Work
    • Producer/Director
  • Education
    • University of Nebraska Omaha
Eli brings an authentic voice and courageous spirit to his work and advocacy. He has an uncanny ability to speak to his audience in a way that makes you feel you have known him your entire life. That level of comfort allows people to lean in and open their hearts and minds."
Alexis Sherman, Director of Multicultural Initiatives College of Saint Mary
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