Brandon Kneefel, from Logo TV’s Finding Prince Charming and Viacom’s 11-network special Facing Addiction in America, has a long history of social justice and empowerment work, specifically working to heal homophobia in and outside of the LGBTQ community. Brandon was awarded the Point Foundation Scholarship (nation’s largest LGBT-granting scholarship fund) and additionally received a top honor–the Jonathan D. Lewis name-scholarship, given to the “scholar who shows most merit as a future progressive leader.” His story has been published alongside notables such as Nate Berkus and Martina Navratilova in the volume Crisis: Growing Up Gay in America. Instinct Magazine called Brandon a “voice for his generation.” He’s written for numerous outlets and currently writes pieces focusing on intersectionality and faith communities for The Huffington Post. In 2007 he was the Media Director for the westbound Equality Ride, which was an effort guided by young adults that used Gandhian nonviolence to confront anti-LGBT colleges on their policies and rhetoric. He uses his experience with addiction and growing up in an anti-gay household and religion as a lens for viewing the world in which we live: if we know what heals one life, we know what heals the world.
Brandon speaks around the country and currently serves in volunteer leadership roles with AIDS Walk LA, Inspire Spiritual Community (an interfaith community founded for an by LGBTQs), and JUUstice LA (an activist organization developed to address equity, economic and environmental issues).
WHAT I DO
Hello, I am Brandon. I am a writer and activist. I use inter-faith philosophies and my experience in the behavioral healthcare fields to help explain the world around us, to help explain the challenges we face at the personal and societal levels, and ultimately how we can do better for ourselves and each other. My work is focused on helping others triumph over their stories (whether one-on-one, through writings and lectures or working with groups and organizations) and in doing so, it is my hope that I can empower people to empower people.