is a 28-year-old queer identified Richmond native. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies from Randolph-Macon College. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration at The University of Baltimore.
As a community based advocate, secondary victim of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), and Black queer identified male, Sean has cultivated a specific focus on the effects of IPV within minority and underserved communities. His lived experience as a Black queer identified male has allowed him to effectively examine, and continually work to solve, many of the systemic obstacles and societal stigmas that prevent LGBTQ+ racial minorities from having open and honest dialogue about the pervasive nature of IPV and other forms of violence within our communities.
In February of 2016, Sean published an article entitled ‘An Issue Queer Black Men Are Not Talking About’ for the online publication NewerNegroes.com, to highlight the need to discuss the internal structure of violence within LGBTQ+ relationships. Sean served on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Anti-Violence Project, and in 2015 with the support of VAVP’s staff and other community partners, he worked to alter the transphobic media narrative surrounding the death of Lamia Beard- the first Transgender woman of color killed in 2015. In 2016 he ran as one of the first openly gay candidates for the Richmond City School Board. Sean currently resides in Richmond’s Forest Hill neighborhood, and was raised in Highland Park in the north side of the city.
This post is part of a partnership between GayRVA and Diversity Richmond to feature honoree’s of Diversity’s first LGBTQ+ Black History Month series. Honorees were asked to share their stories in their own words. We’ll be posting more honorees as the month continues. Photo provided by Harron Fells