2017 Unsung Hero Awardee
Shannon Garcon is a well-respected leader in the LGBTQ ballroom community and a LGBTQ community activist. He has worked hard to break the stereotypes placed on the ballroom community, while helping to end LGBTQ youth homelessness and mentoring LGBTQ young adults of color nationally and locally.
As a troubled gay youth experiencing homelessness, Shannon often felt he was struggling through life to find a purpose. After a couple of interactions with law enforcement, Shannon found guidance from the ballroom community and was able to change negativity into positivity a chance to make a difference.
Shannon opened the House of Garcon in April 2008 in Washington, D.C. As the principle founder of the House of Garcon Shannon wanted a House that emphasized brotherhood, advocated education, encouraged professional growth, strong community bonds, health and spiritual well-being and still be effective in the ballroom. Shannon wanted a house whose members would strive to better themselves in all aspects of their lives and not just in the ballroom but in life, by bridging the gap between ballroom and LGBTQ advocacy in minority communities. Over the years, the House of Garcon has developed into an international force in the ballroom and LGBTQ community of color with members in more than 15 states, France and the UK. The Garcons advocate promoting social responsibility, HIV education, education advocacy and presenting a positive image of what the ballroom community can do to fight issues that plague the LGBTQ community of color; a “Give Back” approach.
Shannon served as director of correspondence and LGBTQ liaison for former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, IT manager for U.S. Senator John Edwards and web strategist and LGBTQ liaison for U.S. Representative Peter Deutsch.
In 2014 Shannon joined the board of the directors for the Wanda Alston Foundation, an organization that supplies transitional housing for homeless LGBTQ youth in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. He is currently the vice chair.
In 2015 Shannon became was the newest member of the DC Black Pride Advisory Board.
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