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Kenyon Farrow

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U.S. and Global Health Policy Director


Kenyon Farrow has been an HIV prevention and treatment activist and writer since 1998, when he joined the staff at AIDS Task Force of Greater Cleveland. Since then, Kenyon has worked on campaigns that bring together HIV, criminal justice, and housing policy issues focusing on black and LGBTQ communities. As the former executive director of Queers for Economic Justice, Kenyon worked on a movement-building project to strengthen the connections of grassroots LGBTQ organizations to national racial and economic justice policy issues. In addition, he helped launch Project UNSHACKLE, a national network of HIV and criminal justice advocates while at Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP). Organized a faith-based project creating a campaign for Black LGBT people of faith at the New York State Black Gay Network. He also worked as communications manager for Housing Works. He currently serves on the board of Streetwise and Safe in NYC. 

In addition to his political work, Kenyon writes a monthly column for RH Reality Check, and is the coeditor of Letters from Young Activists: Today’s Rebels Speak Out. His work has appeared in the anthologies Spirited: Affirming the Soul of Black Lesbian and Gay Identity, Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Same-Sex Marriage, For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Still Not Enough, We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America, and the forthcoming Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam's Call. His work has also appeared in publications such as the Atlantic, the Huffington Post, TheGrio, Colorlines, the American Prospect, and AlterNet. Kenyon was named one of Out magazine’s Out 100 for 2008, the Advocate magazine’s “40 Under 40” LGBT Leaders in the United States for 2010, and one of Black Entertainment Television’s “Modern Black History Heroes” for 2011.