Kenyon Farrow is a nationally recognized writer and activist. For nearly 15 years, he has worked consistently as an fighter for social justice issues for the Black LGBT community, having worked on numerous local and national campaigns on issues including HIV/AIDS, housing/homelessness, and criminal justice issues. Kenyon is the former Executive Director of Queers for Economic Justice, and serves on the board of Streetwise & Safe, and the advisory board of the Arcus Center for Social Justice at Kalamazoo College.
As a writer, his essays and cultural commentary work often explores race, class and gender issues in politics, pop culture and social movements. He is co-editor of Letters From Young Activists: Today's Rebels Speak Out, and his essays appear in many books including the recent titles, We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America (PM Press 2012), For Colored Boys (Magnus Books 2012) Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage (AK Press 2010). His work has also been featured in TheAtlantic.com, BET.com, Alternet, Colorlines, and many more. He's currently at work on his first collection of essays.
He has been honored as one of the "Movers and Shakers" in HIV/AIDS Activism in the African-American Community by The Body.com, was named as 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.
Kenyon is a native of Cleveland, OH, but has lived in Brooklyn, NYC, and currently resides in New Orleans.
2013 Outstanding Service, Male-National: (tied) Wade Davis, Activist, Hetrick-Martin Institute (New
York) and Kenyon Farrow, Activist & Writer (New Orleans)