Community Leader; Michael Hinson Jr.; Philadelphia
Michael S. Hinson, Jr., a leading Black LGBTQ, AIDS and homelessness activist in Philadelphia, died this morning at Penn Rittenhouse Hospice. He was 53.
Hinson grew up in South Carolina and moved to Philadelphia after high school. He was one of the first Black “buddies” for people with HIV disease at the Philadelphia AIDS Task Force and an early volunteer with BEBASHI, one of the first Black AIDS service organizations in the 1980s. He founded Colours Magazine and later was the first director of the Colours Organization and AIDS service agency. He was also a co-founder of Philadelphia Black Gay Pride.
In 2000, Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street appointed Michael as his liaison to the city LGBTQ+ communities and also as a policy advisor on issues ranging from child welfare to education to homelessness to public safety. During that time, Hinson helped build a coalition to ensure that gender identity became protected under the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance. He also served as an adjunct professor at Cheyney University
By David Fair