Sybastian Smith (he/him)
Sybastian Smith is a 40-year-old LGBTQ+ social justice advocate, consultant, Certified Health Educator and Medical Assistant of fifteen years. Mr. Smith has a dual Academic Associates degree in Medical Office Management: Administrative and Assisting, as well as an Associates of Science degree with a health science concentration while currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree. Sybastian also possess many certifications in LGBTQ+ health competencies to include HIV/AIDS health education. His goal is to specialize in transgender patients' affirmative healthcare and addressing public health factors that affect the lives of the BIPOC transgender and non-binary community.
Sybastian was born and raised in Jackson, MS. He has now resided in Atlanta, GA for over ten years. He is a member and holds a position on the board of the national organization Black Trans Men Inc. (BTMI) and maintains leadership roles in the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition (BTAC). He also serves as staff during the annual Black Transgender Advocacy Conference held in Dallas, TX and regularly a part of yearly advocacy projects. Sybastian participates in panel discussions, ambassadorship in local grassroots organizations, interviews and provides culture competency trainings at schools and businesses nationwide on transgender issues and topics.
Sybastian is a man of many titles and accolades professionally, socially and academically. Sybastian has been crowned Mr. Black Trans International 2018, awarded BTMI Man of the Year 2019 and is a 2020 HRC ACTIVATE program fellow amongst those esteemed achievements and accolades. Sybastian feels as a transgender man himself, he was born to help underserved communities and people who look like him. With the help of BTMI, BTAC and several other organizations, he can help make a difference in one of the most underserved communities, the transgender community. Mr. Smith believes that open dialogue and education are the keys to erasing ignorance. The need to educate people about transgender lives and experiences is why he works so diligently to advocate for LGBTQ+ competent healthcare, equal social and economic rights.
Sybastian models his life, work, and advocacy after this famous quote, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” ~Malcolm X