Mike Webb was born on February 1, 1987. Webb is a self-described progressive driven by community organizing and empowering our most vulnerable communities.
Michael C. Webb, Jr. was raised in Houston, Texas, one of two children born to the late Michael C. Webb, Sr., and Ophelia Binkley-Webb, a professor. Mike Webb attended high school at Chinquapin Preparatory School in Highlands, Texas, and graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon with a degree in political science. At age 26, Webb became a member of Delta Phi Upsilon Fraternity, Inc., and it marked the first time Webb felt “at home.”
For Webb, the coming out process has been a tricky one. “My experience is a bit complicated because I’m gender-queer, therefore I never really felt like I had a home,” Webb told the Ubuntu Biography Project. “Like many Black LGBTQ+ community members, my family was super religious, and at the time did not know how to love me for all of who I am. However, I have been blessed throughout my life to have support systems and a ‘family of choice’ that empowered me to overcome these challenges.”
As legislative and district aide to Texas State Senator Sylvia R. Garcia, Webb was part of a team that successfully fought back against anti-LGBTQ legislation targeting transgender communities. Beginning in January 2018, Webb took over as president of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus. There are more than 40 LGBTQ candidates running for office in Texas, and it’s the job of Webb and the Caucus to get them and LGBTQ allies elected.
Webb lives in Houston, and enjoys political block walking, spending time with close friends, and reading. As for someone special, Webb hasn’t made much time for a personal life, but is “husband ready.”
As an honoree in the National Black Justice Coalition’s 100 Black LGBTQ/SGL Emerging Leaders to Watch, Webb remains committed to advocating for those who are marginalized.
“Having self-pride is one of the most powerful weapons against the intense level of discrimination and stigma we naturally face as Black SGL/Queer people,” Webb told the Ubuntu Biography Project. “I often times say that the Black SGL/LGBTQ community is actually my real family—that is how important our community is to me. I have practically committed my life to serving Black SGL/Queer people. Although I admit my service is political in nature, it’s still an act of service.”
We thank Mike Webb for his community organizing, political activism, and support of our community.