frank is a Black, Selma, Alabama born, gender non-conforming queer-boy. They are currently living and working on the stolen and colonized, ancient homelands of the Miami and Potawatomi people, commonly known as Chicago. frank accepted the sobering pleasure of working with Black and Brown youth within the city’s intentionally segregated and resource-starved West, South and Northwest Side neighborhoods. Over the past several years, frank has worked to educate, organize, nurture, mobilize and collaborate with queer and trans youth of color in the Chicago-land area. Much of this work has been in collaboration with education, youth leadership and public health nonprofits, the Chicago Public Schools, and other organizations that serve queer and trans youth of color who deserve to thrive despite structural inequality and other socio-politically marginalizing lived experiences. frank also serves on the Board of Directors for Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus. In solidarity with Black and Non-Black People of Color (NBPOC) living with HIV, frank serves as a non-positive ally on steering and advisory board committees that strategize HIV education and treatment in Chicago. frank loves large bodies of water, their family (which includes very close friends), the woods, flora and fauna, art history, Black women (and NBWOC) liberation histories/futures, plus establishment abolition. They hold a B.A in History and a B.S. in Biology from Tuskegee University.