Preston is an accomplished writer whose passion for writing, persuasion, and advocacy started at a young age when he learned the importance of seeking the truth and never believing anything without research.
He has published numerous articles on civil rights, constitutional law, gender, feminism, workplace discrimination, health, the school-to-prison pipeline, and social commentary on hot-button issues.
Learn more about his work below.
Preston advocates for Black and brown people, who are historically and presently survivors of systematic and pervasive discrimination. He does this by studying trends and data, formerly organizing with BYP100, and engaging with the community about issues affecting Black people like police violence, the school-to-prison pipeline, healthcare access, housing, and education.
As marginalized and criminalized people worldwide, Preston advocates for LGBTQ+ people to be seen as nuanced, multi-dimensional individuals. Preston uplifts the experiences of those in the LGBTQ+ community who exist at the intersection of multiple identities, especially race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and poverty.
The criminalization of sex work disproportionately and deliberately targets Black, Latinx, Native American, immigrant communities, and other communities of color. Preston advocates for the full decriminalization of sex work to mitigate violence against sex workers, decrease interaction with law enforcement, and promote equity and access to healthcare.
Stigma, bias, and criminalization increase the HIV epidemic in the Southern U.S. and many parts of the world. It’s possible to achieve an AIDS-free generation, but this will not happen without centering the voices of the most impacted communities. Preston understands we must focus our policy, advocacy, and legal efforts on decriminalizing HIV, sex work, drug use, and homosexuality.
Preston recognizes that Black and brown women are often omitted from mainstream conversations on gender equity and reproductive health, rights, and justice. Preston acknowledges that women have been treated as second-class individuals because of sexism, misogyny, and patriarchy. He actively and intentionally pushes back on anti-Black and anti-feminist rhetoric that marginalizes Black and brown women.
Preston Mitchum believes in investing in marginalized communities by engaging in progressive discussions and advancing a radical future rooted in destigmatization, health equity, sexual assault prevention, and anti-racism. Read more of Preston's Cultural and Political Reflections.
Queer As in Abolishing the Police:
Criminal Justice and Black LGBTQ People