Historical past-making has change into a signature for Malcolm Kenyatta, a Pennsylvania State Consultant for the 181st district who turned the primary brazenly LGBTQ+ particular person of colour and one of many youngest members elected to the PA Normal Meeting in 2018.
At simply 32 years previous, Kenyatta is the primary brazenly LGBTQ+ particular person of colour to run for the U.S. Senate in American historical past. Now, most of the people will get an inside have a look at his barrier-breaking marketing campaign within the documentary, Kenyatta: Do Not Wait Your Flip.
Govt produced by Al Roker together with Hunter Johnson and Derek Helwig of Xpedition, the movie premiered on the 2023 Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC Movie Pageant with a Lee Daniels-moderated Q&A with Kenyatta, Roker, Malcolm’s husband Dr. Matt Kenyatta, in addition to Johnson and Helwig.
The extremely private documentary follows Kenyatta’s difficult journey to change into Pennsylvania’s first Black and brazenly homosexual U.S. Senator. It highlights the self-described “poor, Black, and homosexual child from North Philly” discovering how his marketing campaign was larger than taking up the political competitors.
“This documentary is at its core a love story to Pennsylvania, to progress and a narrative about Black love,” Kenyatta instructed BLACK ENTERPRISE.
“In my run for U.S. Senate, we ran up in opposition to various systemic challenges and the prickly notion of ‘electability’ which is commonly code for not electing Black candidates.”
It additionally shares the largest classes the younger Consultant realized whereas operating for workplace. A marketing campaign he believes labored nicely due to his “authenticity” in an age the place the general public calls for extra honesty from politicians.
“In our marketing campaign, we punched above our weight always incomes endorsements and assist from main figures and unions regardless of us operating behind opponents by way of cash raised,” Kenyatta defined.
“We dramatically overperformed our polling on Election Day and I believe chipped away on the concept of who can win in a spot like Pennsylvania.”
Kenyatta is at present operating for Pennsylvania Auditor Normal and has used the slogan, “We’d like an underdog because the watchdog.” It’s a message his marketing campaign stands behind as he continues advocating for Pennsylvania’s working class.
“I’m operating for Auditor Normal as a result of it’s time for the underdog to be a watchdog for Pennsylvania’s working households,” he mentioned. “To ask the powerful questions, to assist reimagine and streamline authorities, and to assist construct the coalitions to repair what’s fallacious.”
“Of us in each nook of Pennsylvania have welcomed me into their neighborhoods, their properties and their religion communities,” Kenyatta continued.
“They’ve instructed me their tales and I’ve shared my very own. In these conversations we’ve talked about Pennsylvania’s issues, but in addition its promise. We’d like somebody who has the again of working households and as Auditor I’ll.”
Kenyatta’s position in politics comes as conservative assaults on LGBTQ+ rights intensify. However in line with the North Philly native, the payments and legal guidelines taking purpose on the LGBTQ+ group are solely hurting these attempting to get them handed.
“When all a politician or political occasion can give you is an inventory of who to hate, what to ban, and which marginalized group in charge it reveals that they haven’t any actual concepts for making your life higher,” Kenyatta mentioned.
“As harmful as these assaults are on our group it’s additionally a transparent distraction.”
Kenyatta is assured that his documentary and present run for Pennsylvania’s Auditor Normal will unfold a much-needed message of “hope.”
“Everybody who has seen it has left with one phrase on the tip of their tongue — hope,” Kenyatta mentioned of his documentary. “We will transfer the needle if we arise and communicate out. Democracy requires one thing of us and once we do our half we are able to protect it for the following technology.”