Francisco Luis White has contributed to Boston Spirit Magazine, qnotes, and MUSED. He was an at-large Boston City Council candidate in the 2013 race, endorsed by the state Green Party and 2012 U.S. presidential candidate Jill Stein. White 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:
“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 and faith 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.”