For connecting the LGBT community to lifesaving opportunities
Jack Harrison-Quintana is a queer Mexican-American activist, writer, and researcher who serves as director of Grindr for Equality (G4E), which leverages the app's global reach to spread information related to health and social justice. Harrison-Quintana, a former policy manager with the National LGBTQ Task Force, was hired in 2015. By combining his coalition-building skills with Grindr’s ability to geotarget its 10 million users across 197 countries, Harrison-Quintana has turned G4E into an invaluable tool for raising awareness of LGBT issues. In 2015, G4E partnered with the Lebanon-based group MOSAIC to send messages to Syrian refugee users in the country seeking LGBT–friendly services. It also polled American users, with help from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and found racial disparities in how doctors prescribe HIV PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) medication. The results are guiding G4E’s 2016 PrEP awareness campaign, which includes translating health information into Spanish and connecting users in low-access areas to PrEP-friendly providers. The Signal Mountain, Tenn. native's entire career has centered on gender and sexuality-based activism that prioritizes goals that are inclusive of people of color, trans people, and LGBT women. Harrison-Quintana was a fellow with the National Center for Transgender Equality and with Khemara, a Cambodian feminist organization. He also writes on policy issues, and has created several titles for the National Transgender Discrimination Survey series.