Francisco Luis White is a regular contributor to MUSED and the social justice columnist for Visit Gay Charlotte. He has been recognized by National Black Justice Coalition as one of their 100 Black LGBTQ Emerging Leaders (2015). White was an at-large Boston City Council candidate in the 2013 race, endorsed by the state Green Party and 2016 presidential candidate Jill Stein. The writer and speaker currently resides in Charlotte where he works with HIV positive youth in the Empowering Positive Youth program at Regional AIDS Interfaith Network.
Francisco in the Media:
“First, the most uncomfortable discussions of race and poverty need to take place. Our community has race and class issues that have proven deadly to queer people of color over the decades. HIV/AIDS, homelessness, employment and housing discrimination are all issues impacting African-American and Latino LGBTQ people most severely, which is probably why we’ve poured so much time and resourcesinto marriage equality. National and local LGBTQ organizations seem to have forgotten that our movement began at the margins, with brown queer rebels in the streets of NYC and San Francisco, and that actual equality must include queer people of color who move in the world at or below the poverty line.”
“The issue with the resources available to LGBTQ homeless youth in Charlotte is a lot of them are religious or church-based. When you’ve been turned away from your home for religious reasons, the last place you want to seek help is a faith-based institution. I think we have to overcome that. I think we have to step outside of our comfort zone and come together as a community and form partnerships that have absolutely nothing to do with the church. That needs to be an option for these kids.”
“Working with youth throughout [Boston], in communities of color, and engaging those communities to be involved in the process, I began to realize that people are living in very different Bostons. We speak of a unified city, and Boston Strong, but people are having very different experiences. And I think it’s because racism and classism are a big influence in our policies.”