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Louis Mitchell

Louis Mitchell

Louis Mitchell is a pioneering "intentional man," elder, and advocate, who serves as the consultant for community engagement for the Transfaith™. Louis has been involved in the fight for health, respect and self-determination since the late 1980s, with deep engagement in political, mental health, recovery, and black church contexts.

Some key accomplishments include:

  • Served as founding executive director of the Oshun women’s drop-in center (San Francisco, CA)
  • Worked with clients and staff at Morris Home, a transgender-specific residential recovery house in Philadelphia, PA
  • First “out” transgender-identified board member of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and as a founding member of Lesbians and Gays of African Descent for Democratic Action
  • Co-founded Recovering the Promise Ministries in Springfield, MA
  • Received the 2011 Haystack Award from the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC for his work in Social Justice and Social Ministry
  • Honored by Black Trans Advocacy with a Foundation Award in 2013. Established in his name, the "Louis Mitchell Foundation Award for Empowerment" acknowledges those who increase spiritual, political, or social strength through service, personal encouragement, and availability to the Black Trans Community.

Additional influences include:

  • Using his own learned experience, a broad range of resources, theories and studies, to bring a fresh, “on the ground”, open-hearted, holistic strategy to the work of individual and community healing.  
  • Raised in the black Baptist church, in Los Angeles, CA
  • Studied with Angela Davis in California 
  • Has been sober for more than two decades
  • Parents a young child with his wife, Krysia L. Villón 

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