In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.
Today, a true vessel of African American history: Tyrone Smith is a longtime community activist and organizer who’s been working for the betterment of the community since the early-’80s. Today, at 70-plus years old, Smith continues to serve, shedding light on issues like HIV/AIDS, inclusion of LGBT people of color, and the importance of ancestry. Tyrone is the co-founder of UNITY, Inc., a grassroots organization run by black gay men for black gay men. He is also one of the founding members of the Black Gay Men’s Leadership Council in Philadelphia, which has been working to upgrade the lives of black gay men since September 2005.