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LB (Leah Byrd)

West Dayton Stories Community Producer

LB (Leah Byrd) is a Dayton born and raised writer, director, actor, editor, and singer. He has a BFA in Motion Picture Production from Wright State University. LB is most well known for his comedic web series, Hot & Bothered, which has screened across the country, internationally, and which won Favorite Youth Film at the BlackStar Film Festival. During childhood, LB spent 13 years attending a Catholic school in a small Midwestern city leaving very little room for queer spaces. Discovering queer content online was a real game changer on LB’s path towards self acceptance. This has driven a strong passion within LB to create diverse characters within his own media. LB knows first hand what representation can do to one’s mental health and is passionate about bringing underrepresented voices to the front of his work. LB is currently the Artist Commission Manager for The Center For Cultural Power’s project, “We, As Ourselves: Shaping the Narrative of Black Women Survivors” in collaboration with TIME’S UP Foundation, Me Too, and The National Women’s Law Center.