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Densil Porteous (born October 12, 1980) is an American socialite/social activist. In 2008 he was selected as the Gay Bachelor representing the state of Ohio in the first ever nationwide America’s Gay Bachelor competition, sponsored by MyPartner.com; Porteous was selected as 3rd runner up at the finale event. However, his first venture into the public arena was in 1988 as an original member of the childrens’ group “The Playground Kids“.
The youngest of 4 and the only boy, Porteous was born to Marcia Mitchell (d. 1995) and Denzil Porteous on the island of Jamaica. In 1981 his mother emigrated, along with his siblings, to the United States–where he became a citizen in 2008.
Porteous graduated from Avondale High School’s DeKalb Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) in Avondale, Georgia in 1998; in high school he studied vocal music and acting for the stage. A graduate of Kenyon College (Gambier, OH) he received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology of Gender in 2002. In 2008 he received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
In 1998 Porteous began his work as a social activist focused in the realm of educating youth about LGBT issues of personal identify and self-understanding. His work with YouthResource.com, as an online peer educator, lead to a role as an HIV/AIDS educator for an alternate online website. In 2002 Porteous was asked to server on the Board of Directors of Advocates for Youth, an international non-profit focused on adolescent reproductive and sexual health rights; in 2008 Porteous completed two consecutive terms on the board.
A first generation college student, Porteous, became engaged in working with his college to bring the idea of higher education to traditionally unrepresented populations in the United States. Since 2002 he has worked in a professional capacity allowing him the opportunity to travel the country and make presentations encourage a vast array of students to consider college as an option. Through his work with community based organizations and under-served public high schools Porteous continues to encourage access to higher education for all students.