Twenty-year-old social justice maven Genevieve Onyiuke-Kennedy says being a champion of pride in her community simply because of her "inability to witness injustice and remain silent."
The current president of the Pride Alliance at Georgia Institute of Technology adds, "There are several points in my life where I can pinpoint where I had had enough of the internalized racism, misogynoir, homophobia, and transphobia of my peers and authority figures. It has now become my life's mission to contribute as much as I can to the liberation of all oppressed peoples and continuously ensure that justice can be given to those who have been mistreated."
Someone who has always inspired her is pansexual musician, Janelle Monae. "Initially, her voice and her sense of style had enamored me," says Onyiuke-Kennedy, who identifies as bisexual. "When she came out as pansexual last year, it was like a dream come true. Her advocacy for the LGBTQIA community, Black people, and women everywhere has always filled my heart with passion and the strength to take on seemingly insurmountable challenges."
Onyiuke-Kennedy says that the experience of working as a Congressional Intern through the Victory Institute last summer inspired her to one day "run for office in order to ensure that the needs of the LGBTQIA community, as well as other oppressed communities, are represented in the political domain to ensure that their voices are heeded in the rooms of decision-making."
She continues, "To me, being a Champion of Pride is not simply a title, but a theme of one's life to provide guidance in times where the opportunity to create change presents itself."