Arien Reed began his LGBTQ activism in 2017 when he joined his colleague, Jerry Thurston, as the co-presenter of the Safe Space Allies Program at Fresno City College. He assisted his colleague, Connor Calaway, in the founding of the Allied Staff and Faculty Association at Fresno City College, established January 2019. He is currently serving as the President of this association.
In his role as president, he authored the All Gender Restrooms Proposal and the Gym Shower Curtains Proposal, requesting that Fresno City College convert many of its restrooms in accessible, gender-inclusive facilities and install shower curtains in the gym showering area for the privacy of people with diverse bodies. He has also aided the college in utilizing Canvas's "Pronouns" feature and advocated for, and designed, the recently implemented Preferred/Chosen Name Change process. At his request, the EdCare Group (a self-funded health insurance group providing health care plans to multiple California college districts) unanimously approved the removal of the discriminatory (anti-trans) exclusion against the treatment of Gender Dysphoria from its health care plans, effective November 2020.
He is also serving as the Classified Representative on the CCC LGBT+ Advisory Committee and is on the Planning Committee for their annual LGBT+ Summit, providing educational and knowledge-sharing workshops and discussions on LGBT+ inclusion, intersections, resources, and college-related services and facilities. He also sits on the Fresno EOC LGBTQ Out4MentalHealth taskforce, which has been working to draft and issue a survey to the local LGBTQ community to discover their concerns and unmet needs regarding health care and their experiences with local health practitioners. He is also serving on the Anti-Racism Resolution taskforce organized by Fresno City College's Academic Senate. He also sits on the Student Equity and Success Committee at Fresno City College, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee at the State Center Community College District. He also serves on the CCC LGBT+ Leadership Caucus, which represents California Community Colleges' LGBTQ-identifying leaders. He also created and maintains the below lists of resources for LGBTQ individuals.