Greetings! I am Jaylon Kaleel Tasby, and I proudly use he/him pronouns. Hailing originally from the vibrant city of Houston, Texas, I find myself on a transformative journey as a 25-year-old seminary student at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Currently, I am in my third year of a dual-degree program, pursuing a Master of Theological Studies with a concentration in Ethics, as well as a Master of Divinity (MDiv) with a specialization in Feminist and Womanist Studies.
My path is one that stands at the crossroads of marginalization, being a Black, queer man. It is from this unique vantage point that I derive my inspiration and purpose. The core of my mission centers around youth, specifically queer youth. In a world where the lives and bodies of queer, trans, and non-binary young people face constant challenges, I am deeply committed to the vital work being undertaken by BMC (Brethren Mennonite Council).
My internship with BMC extends through May of 2024, and during this time, my aspiration is to initiate virtual affinity groups, conduct various workshops for congregations and organizations connected to BMC through their supportive communities’ network, and so much more. The youth we serve are in dire need of our unwavering support, boundless love, and compassionate guidance. Together, through our collective efforts at BMC, let us provide them with the nurturing environment they so rightfully deserve.
Outside of my academic and advocacy endeavors, I find solace and joy in the language that is music. In addition to music, crafting verses and weaving emotions through poetry allows me to explore the depths of my creativity. As a culinary enthusiast, I relish the art of cooking, transforming ingredients into delicious dishes that not only nourish the body but also warm the heart. Yet, amidst these passions, there's nothing quite like the simple pleasure of sharing genuine laughter and cherished moments with my dear friends and close relatives. These elements of my life serve to enrich my perspective and reinforce my belief in the importance of holistic well-being in our pursuit of social justice.
Looking ahead, I envision a future where the voices of marginalized communities are not only heard but celebrated and uplifted. Through my journey with BMC, I am dedicated to making this vision a reality, one workshop, one affinity group, and one youth at a time.
In closing, I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests and eagerly anticipate the positive impact we can achieve together in the name of a more inclusive, accepting, and equitable society.