Q & A with Harper S.E. Bishop (Buffalo Spree)

Doing whatever it takes

Buffalo Spree, July 2019


As a basketball player at Houghton College, Harper Bishop lost an athletic scholarship when he was outed as queer to a hidebound administration. Bishop, now thirty-four, was galvanized into activism. “I learned that solidarity lies with others who are marginalized and oppressed,” says Bishop, who identifies as trans and references his past with the initials that stand for his birth name, Sarah Elizabeth. A political science major in college who’d planned on becoming a missionary, the East Aurora native soon veered into a slightly different mission, working to bring equity and economic justice to the larger community. He was executive director of Buffalo First, promoting a strong local economy; served as legislative assistant to the late Delaware District Council Member Michael J. LoCurto; worked for the Coalition for Economic Justice; and was director of equitable development for Open Buffalo. This year, he joined PUSH as deputy director of movement building. He is married to Jennifer Connor, cofounder of Justice for Migrant Families WNY and a teacher at the International Institute.


Read the full article with PUSH’s Deputy Director of Movement Building, Harper Bishop.


This excerpt was from the July 2019 edition of Buffalo Spree.