Shanay G. Rowe
Shanay G. Rowe (she/her) is a Philly-based author, intersectionality scholar, and social justice advocate. In 2020, Shanay published her first book, ISEA: An exploration of gender identity, sexuality, gender expression, and attraction. From 2022-2023, Shanay served as the Associate Director of Philadelphia Family Pride, a non-profit serving LGBTQ led families. During her time with the organization she caught the attention of city officials, non- profit administrators, and media representatives. In June 2022, she was invited by the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs to speak at the raising of the pride flag at City Hall. During the same month, she took lead on planning the city’s first LGBTQ centered Juneteenth picnic.
In 2023, Shanay earned her doctorate degree in education and leadership publishing a dissertation which explored the experiences of Black LGBTQ students who attend HBCUs. Shanay serves on the community advisory board of St. Barnabas Community Resource Center, and volunteers with several community based organizations. Professionally, Shanay is healthcare risk manager for the largest standalone behavioral health facility in the Philadelphia area. As quoted in a WHYY article Shanay understands that “If organizations here in Philadelphia shift our focus to safety, providing access to the most marginalized and centering those experiences, we can approach equality and equity with integrity”.
Dr. Shanay G. Rowe