About Our President & CEO

Meet Jaymes Black, President & CEO

Jaymes Black (any/all) joined Family Equality as the first Black Chief Executive Officer at Family Equality in 2021. They left the corporate world where they have a long history of senior roles in the defense, technology, and finance industries and turned their business acumen, personal experience, and passion towards work for LGBTQ+ families and those who wish to form them. 

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Jaymes, who changed their name in 2023, has already ushered Family Equality through a tremendous chapter of growth. From expanding the organization’s work to protect LGBTQ+ youth and families in schools to deepening the focus on lowering barriers to parenthood in our community, they have prioritized not only advancing lived and legal equality for LGBTQ+ families, but also advancing racial and social justice for BIPOC communities, those living in rural areas, and those living at or below the poverty line.

A powerful speaker and motivator, Jaymes regularly shares their experiences growing up LGBTQ+ in the rural South, being pulled out of the closet, and navigating life as a Black queer parent in media including multiple appearances on The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart, and the Tamron Hall Show, Afropunk, The Advocate, and a USA TODAY op-ed. In October 2022, Black was named one of Out Magazine’s Out100.

Jaymes, wife Cheralyn, and 9-year-old twin boys Duke and London recently relocated their family from their home state of Texas to a more welcoming community in Washington D.C.

Out In Texas Chapter 4

Out in Texas

Jaymes shares their family-building journey in Family Equality’s series Out in Texas

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Family is Everything

Jaymes shares their experiences growing up LGBTQ+ with their father, Riley