21 Questions With Malcolm Kenyatta, Pennsylvania's First Openly Gay Black State Legislator
Blavity had a chance to chat with Pennsylvania's newest state rep about love for Michelle Obama, what he wants to be remembered for, and the one word he has for Trump.
November 15, 2018 at 1:44 pm
On November 8, Malcolm Kenyatta made history in becoming the first openly gay Black man to hold title of Pennsylvania state representative. As a North Philly native, Kenyatta is ready to put on for his city in a big way, such as expanding public school funding, increasing pay for the working class, and addressing the need for more affordable housing.
Kenyatta has been bold and unafraid in pursuing politics since the tender age of 11. As a pre-teen, Kenyatta won an essay contest where he wrote, "we can’t sit idly by when we recognize barriers in our communities. We have to do something about them.” Almost two decades later, the Temple University alum developed his campaign for Pennsylvania's 181st district of North Philadelphia around the same message.
Blavity Politics had a chance to get to know Kenyatta a little better. Check out his answers to 21 questions below.