Person of the Year: Kendall Stephens

"The trans woman of color, a lifelong Philadelphian living in Point Breeze, didn’t let adversity keep her down. Driven by memories of sleeping on park benches in the freezing cold and having to wash out her only pair of underwear each night, Stephens is now a powerhouse in the city’s LGBTQ community. 

Since 2015, she has served as co-facilitator of TransWay, a two-hour weekly support group for trans and gender-nonconforming people at William Way LGBT Community Center, which honored Stephens with its New Emerging Leader Award in October. Stephens also facilitates support groups and assists yoga classes as an intern at Morris Home, the Southwest Philadelphia recovery center for trans and gender-nonconforming folks with addiction. 

The LGBTQ advocate juggles her community work with studying behavioral health and human service at Community College of Philadelphia, where she ranks on the honor roll and dean’s list and acts as president of the school’s LGBTQ club."