By Tat Bellamy-Walker
Sean Coleman, the founder of Destination Tomorrow in the Bronx, just wanted to be the representation he did not have growing up.
The 52-year-old Bronx-based non-profit leader launched Destination Tomorrow more than a decade ago, and it has since blossomed into one of the only LGBTQ-inclusive spaces for Black and Brown people in a borough that has not been known as a bastion of tolerance or visibility for the queer community.
His journey to the top of that organization, however, did not come with ease. A native of the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, Coleman gives credit to his late grandmother — who owned two buildings in that borough — for instilling the importance of economic justice. Beyond her, however, he lacked the role models he needed in a society that has long failed to give Black trans men sufficient visibility.