Francisco Luis White is a writer, speaker, and digital media personality. In addition to FranciscoLWhite.com, he publishes content with MUSED and writes the Each One of Us social justice column for VisitGayCharlotte.com. In 2013, he was tapped to run for an at-large Boston City Council seat, at the age of 26, and received the endorsement of the Green Party. White recently launched #TheFireThisTime, a social media campaign in collaboration with The Each Other Project. The campaign is based around a Twitter town hall which focuses specifically on black queer and trans experiences in the current movement for racial justice. Currently, White works in HIV/AIDS direct services with a focus on eliminating barriers to retention in care among young LGBTQ people of color. He will present Blogging for HIV Transcendence: Cross-Movement Self Assertion of Black ,Queer, Poz Voices at the 2015 Fire & Ink Conference in Detroit.
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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 resources into 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.”