Kha Trinh was born in Saigon, Vietnam and moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1997. When he was 14, he came out to his family and friends who were supportive of his identity. By being public about his sexual orientation, Kha garnered support and started a GSA at school with support from students and school officials. With stable involvement from LGBTQ students, his GSA hosted various guests including a local Senator (Kurt Thompson), YouthPride representatives, and an Atlanta Journal Constitution reporter writing a story about GSAs.
Throughout high school, Kha actively worked in community service. As the senior intern of his schoolÕs Volunteer Center, he planned and implemented independent as well as joint community service events such as an annual food drive, clothing drive, Adopt a Road, Make a Difference Day, Aids Walk Atlanta, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, and two Hispanic College Fairs. For the last two years of high school, he was also a mentor at two local middle schools. Before entering college, he finished his work for the Youth Advisory Board in planning the Georgia’s Youth Leadership Conference. Kha attended the University of Pennsylvania as a sociology major with concentrations in French and urban education. Kha hopes to teach and work in public policy to address inequalities in education and the LGBTQ community.
“Diversity contributes to excellence, therefore, an unequal opportunity in any community is a risk to progress. As a citizen, I fervently believe in my moral obligation to work toward a society in which any child, of any associations, have the freedom to dream and the educational opportunities to attain success.”