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Native Son's 2023 Black Gay Leadership Forum | Exclusive Photo Recap

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Native Son -- Dalvin Brown, Torrence Boone, DeJuan V. Wilson _ James Cole Jr

Native Son, the leading organization championing Black gay and queer men founded by legendary journalist, media expert and LGBTQ+ activist Emil Wilbekin, presented their first live in-person Black Gay Leadership Forum: Creating Change In A Changing World on Thursday, September 28th at the renowned Harlem School of the Arts.


Established in 2020 as a virtual event during the global pandemic, the Black Gay Leadership Forum is a convening intended to center diversity, inclusion and equity for Black gay and queer professional men in all stages of their careers.


The annual event included panel discussions and talks that discussed why representation and thought leadership matter in the boardroom, entrepreneurship, health equity, media, and technology

Native Son is a movement that exemplifies the duality of being Black and gay in a society that often shuns and belittles their unique experiences. This movement aims to create a safe space where the Black gay male community can fellowship, celebrate and empower each other, and—most importantly—see themselves.


From the world-renowned to the up-and-coming, Native Son aims to connect and celebrate the members of this influential, yet long-ignored community in the realms of arts, business, media, fashion, politics, and healthcare. Read more of our coverage here.


Check Out Exclusive Photos from the Event Below:

Native Son Founder Emil Wilbekin
Native Son Founder Emil Wilbekin

Stylist Ty Hunter  at Native Son Black Gay Leadership Forum
Celebrity Stylist Ty Hunter



Robert Pauley III


Robert Suttle and Blake Rowley  at Native Son's 2023 Black Gay Leadership Forum
Robert Suttle and Blake Rowley

Phillip Michael Collins

Greg Reynolds


Derek Ford Jr.

Blake Rowley


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