H. Alexander Robinson

Black History LGBT Profiles: Elder Kevin E. Taylor

Filed By H. Alexander Robinson | February 01, 2008 12:40 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: black gay men, Black History Month, LGBT history

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Elder Kevin E. Taylor pastors Unity Fellowship Church-New Brunswick where he just celebrated his 7th year Anniversary and 15th year in the ministry. Taylor was ordained as a Deacon with Unity Fellowship Church in Washington, DC in 1996. He continued his studies in Metaphysical and Spiritual Science and World Religions and was ordained minister in 2000. He is also the author of Jaded, a top-selling romance novel, and Unclutter: Cleanse Your Spirit and Claim Your Stuff, a book of revelations about finding the highest you which can be purchased at www.KEVINETAYLOR.com.

A Washington, DC native, Taylor worked with The DC Coalition of Black Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals and Transgenders, which he co-chaired from 1990 to 1992; the Whitman-Walker Clinic, where he was a peer counselor from 1989 to 1992; and the National Gay and Lesbian Leadership Task Force and Leadership Forum.

Taylor has also been highly active in the New Jersey Marriage Equality struggle through his board membership with Garden State Equality, as well as with other civil and community work with Gay Men of African Descent of which he is also a board member.

In addition to being a minister and an activist, Taylor has at the same time been a successful producer with Black Entertainment Television (BET). He joined the company in 1991 and became a producer in 1993, after creating Lyrically Speaking for the network. Taylor also created such programs as Testimony, which was nominated for a 2002 NAACP Image Award, and Access Granted, which in 2002 was nominated for the same award for his award-winning feature behind-the-scenes with Aaliyah at her Rock the Boat video shoot.

Additionally, Taylor produced Notarized: The Top 100 Videos of the 20th Century, Videolink, Music Inside Out and many other programs as Supervising Producer of Series and Specials. He left the company in 2003 to pastor full-time and concentrate on his writing and activism.

Taylor has facilitated a men's couple group called Sanctuary and Conscious Choices for People of Color in Crisis in Brooklyn. He continues his freelance television programming through TaylorMadeMusicMomentos (TM3), which now produces the shows Lifted, Parallel Paths and Chronicles from the Underground.

Taylor's recent elevation to Elder with the Unity Fellowship Church Movement, Inc. has placed him over the media outreach and communications for UFCM's 14 churches around the U.S.

Taylor is also the proud single father of Ga'Vel Qwame Taylor.

[Editor's note:] This post is part of a series celebrating Black History Month and the Black LGBT experience. The information in this profile was gathered by the National Black Justice Coalition.

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Thanks for doing this, Alexander. I can't wait to see all of the different profiles. I'm sure I'll learn a lot!