Francisco Luis White is a writer and speaker with a Black, queer, poz perspective and focus. In addition to FranciscoLWhite.com, White is a contributor at TheBody.com. Their work has appeared in Boston Spirit Magazine and MUSED. As an at-large candidate for Boston City Council in 2013, White was endorsed by the Green Party and presidential candidate Jill Stein. They have presented at United States Conference on AIDS, Carolina Conference on Queer Youth, and addressed the 2015 Charlotte Business Guild Gala. White was named to National Black Justice Coalition’s 2015 cohort of 100 Black LGBTQ/SGL Emerging Leaders to Watch and recognized as a 2015 Qnotes Face of the Future. They recently presented Blogging for HIV Transcendence: Cross Movement Self-Assertion of Black, Queer, Poz Voices at this year’s Fire & Ink Conference for Black LGBTQ writers. Currently, the writer is working on the Our Love Is project, a transformative multimedia collection of real Black queer love.
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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.”