5 years in Pennsylvania's child welfare system

19 years old

He/Him/His & They/Them/Theirs

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Christian is a queer Black organizer who experienced 5 years of care in Pennsylvania. While in care, he experienced one foster home placement where his parents were two White lesbian women. Previously, Christian attended Pittsburgh Creative for Performing Arts School, where he graduated during the summer of 2018.

 

As a young Black queer child at a time with high racial tension, his parents actively educated themselves on the issues and encouraged Christian to be unapologetically himself. Growing up in a LGBTQ+ and multiracial household, Christian became a strong intersectional activist at a young age.

 

In 2017, he co-led a march of 300 students from multiple school districts in protesting DeVos as Secretary of Education. Previously, he sat on the executive board for a black student union, a Youth Advisory Board for the Carnegie Museum of Art, and a board for sisTers PGH, a nonprofit that supports homeless black trans-women.

 

Currently, Christian works for the Alliance for Police Accountability as the Lead Youth Organizer. Christian also Co-Founded Youth Power Collective, a student-led, multi-issue based group.

 

In their spare time they enjoy going to art shows, dancing with friends, voguing in his bedroom, and acting.

 

Christian Carter is an artist at heart and a vessel for greatness. He will continue to capture stories of his community, teach young people to see themselves in their education and will always remain an advocate for black and brown youth.

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