Writer. Speaker. Activist.
Dwayne Steward is a nationally recognized journalist, gay rights activist and anti-bullying advocate. He is currently the inaugural LGBTQ Health Advocate for the City of Columbus Public Health Department, where he implements the city’s groundbreaking LGBTQ Health Initiative, which is comprised of the Greater Columbus LGBTQ Health Coalition, a comprehensive LGBTQ Health Disparities Cultural Competency Education Curriculum and many unprecedented programs that focus on increasing access to healthcare for LGBTQ populations. Dwayne was also the founding HIV Testing Coordinator for the Greater Columbus Mpowerment Center, a federally funded initiative that combats the high HIV infection rate among black and Latino gay men though testing and education at AIDS Resource Center Ohio.
Dwayne is also currently the founder and director of the Make It Better Foundation, a bullying prevention organization focused on working with small town schools and communities to create effective anti-bullying strategies that build communities of inclusion. In 2010, he was published in the New York Times Bestseller “It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying and Creating a Life Worth Living” edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller and continues to speak around the country about the devastating effects of anti-gay bullying.
Dwayne received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Ohio University. He is a former columnist at Outlook Ohio (Ohio’s LGBT news magazine), where he founded “The Other Side,” a monthly column that focuses on the intersections of race and sexuality. He is now a Senior Writer with Outlook, developing in-depth,statewide front page news features on this same topic. He is also the former co-host of “Queer Minded,” the top-rated LGBT news/entertainment talk show on TalktainmentRadio.com.
Dwayne currently serves on the Board of Directors with Kaleidoscope Youth Center, a safe drop-in center for LGBTQ youth in Central Ohio, and is the Executive Committee Chair with Columbus Urban Pride, an organization with the mission of creating safe spaces that celebrate racial diversity within LGBTQ communities.
Contact Dwayne directly at DwayneASteward@gmail.com.