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Sean Coleman

Founder and Executive Director
Destination Tomorrow

Sean Coleman, is the founder and executive director at Destination Tomorrow and serves as the operating manager of the Bronx Trans Collective. Mr. Coleman has over 19 years of experience working with the LGBTQ community. In 2009 Mr. Coleman opened Destination Tomorrow out of a lack of adequate programs for LGBTQ African Americans. His goal is to shine a light on both racial and health disparities while building programs/services that are inclusive of the Transgender community. Currently, Mr. Coleman is a part of the NYS Transgender advisory group, assembled by the AIDS institute to develop recommendations that address the needs of Transgender community members as it relates to the Ending the Epidemic Blueprint. He also sits on the NYS Health & Human Services community advisory board, Bronx Community Board 1 (appointed by the Bronx Borough President), The Transgender Legal and Education Defense Fund Board of Directors and the Project AFFIRM advisory board. In 2016 Mr. Coleman opened the Bronx Trans Collective (BTC), the only Trans led multi service agency in NYS. The BTC is a collaborative effort that was developed by grassroots Transgender leaders of color to begin to provide services to transgender people of color (TPOC). This effort uses a wraparound approach to care, meaning clients can access multiple services under one roof, often time with just one engagement. Mr. Coleman is an active member of the House and Ballroom scene, providing resources to those calling the ballroom scene home. His efforts to integrate a public health narrative into this social network began back in 2004 and has resulted in city and state agencies as well as other community based organization recognizing the opportunity to engage many community members with structural interventions. Mr. Coleman was one of the first activist to begin discussing the lack of an HIV prevention message that sought to engage trans masculine people. Mr. Coleman has been featured in, highlighting his belief that economic empowerment is prevention. Mr. Coleman has also been named to the 2015 Trans 100 list, included in Metro source’s LGBT People we love and received the Hector Xtravagana award from the Latex ball at GMHC, Community Award from the Ackerman Institute, Trans Trailblazer award from Project Reach and countless other acknowledgements. Recently, Destination Tomorrow has been included in the Trans Equity funding. This is the first time New York City has dedicated funding specifically for trans led/focused.