Malcolm Kenyatta

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 181


Malcolm will be the second openly LGBTQ individual elected to the state legislature


Malcolm Kenyatta is a proud native of North Philadelphia, a place he’s called home for all of his twenty-seven years. A fierce civic, community, and LGBTQ advocate in Philadelphia, Malcolm often needs no introduction. Many of us have seen him speaking up for the marginalized and poor members of the community at rallies, vigils, block cleanups, and even as a delegate at the 2016 Democratic National Convention garnering the 2nd most votes in the commonwealth. He is a member of the board for Smith Memorial Playground, the Liberty City Democratic Club, and the local chapter of the National Organization for Women. Civic engagement also runs in his blood as the grandson of Muhammad Kenyatta, a civil rights leader and local politician who ran for mayor in 1975. Too often, Malcolm sees his community labeled a violent wasteland. However, there is no lack of possibility in North Philadelphia – just a lack of resources. His neighbors deserve schools that teach, jobs that provide quality wages, and homes that they can live in. Malcolm grew up in the projects, attended Temple University, and continues to live and invest in the same place he was raised because he believes in it.

Importance of Candidacy:

  • Malcolm will be only the second LGBTQ individual elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
  • He will be the first openly LGBTQ African-American elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

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