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Meet LGBTQ Activist Mr. Corey Yarbrough
Healthy Black Men is honored to welcome Corey Yarbrough to our team of Contributors.
A Justice Studies graduate from James Madison University, he worked with the National Coalition for the Homeless to expand the organization’s civil rights agenda. Next, Corey worked as a community organizer and advocate for state education reform with Stand for Children. And in 2009, he began working for Let’s Get Ready, a non-profit organization that provides low-income high school students with free SAT preparation to gain admission to college.
It was also in 2009, Mr. Yarbrough co-founded the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) with his partner. In 2011, he was hired full-time as the organization’s Executive Director. HBGC works to inspire and empower Hispanic, Latino/a and Black LGBTQ individuals to improve their livelihood through activism, education, outreach and counseling. The work of HBGC has been nationally recognized and featured in The Boston Globe, The Advocate, The Huffington Post, and Bay State Banner. In 2012, the organization was honored by AIDS Action Committee for its innovative work in HIV prevention and LGBTQ empowerment.
Mr. Yarbrough served on the Executive Board for the Massachusetts Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth. He currently sits on the Leadership Advisory Council for the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and Steering Committee for the Boston Alliance for Community Health (BACH) where he serves as Co-Chair of the Community Engagement Committee.
In 2013, Corey Yarbrough was featured in “50 Black LGBT People Every Black LGBT Youth Should Know,” a list compiled by the National Black Youth Pride Services. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing poetry, traveling and playing tennis.
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