Daiyon Kpou

A public health professional from West Philadelphia, Daiyon Kpou innovates solutions to issues that affect the social empowerment and the wellness of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning) people. In 2015, she graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Biology and B.A. in African studies. During her undergraduate studies and beyond, she supports LGBTQ empowerment through the arts and health/wellness promotion - including working in HIV prevention, sexual health education, and tobacco cessation. In 2016, she founded MOVES - a nonprofit creative collective of Black and Brown LGBTQ people who create affirming creative spaces for our diverse community throughout Philadelphia. Daiyon uses art to challenge the oppressive social norms, homophobia, sexism, cissexism, and racism that try to limit how Black and Brown LGBTQ people can create, exhibit, and experience the arts. Through this work, she works with local creatives to expand opportunities and spaces where Black and Brown LGBTQ can freely express themselves and independently create art according to their our subjectivity.