Christian Fuscarino is an LGBT community organizer and founder of The Pride Network, a leadership development non-profit. He is also the creator of ProudTalks, a startup for inspiring LGBT storytellers, and partner in the Americans United for LGBT Justice project.
A sought after young leader himself, Christian is already paying it forward by lifting up, educating, and cultivating the next generation of young emerging LGBT leaders through his work with The Pride Network and frequent contributions to The Huffington Post.
Born in New Jersey, Christian’s story of immersing his teenage years in LGBT advocacy and education began with formal training through GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Education Network. Kevin Jennings, GLSEN founder, and his staff recognized Christian’s passion for the cause and became important mentors in his life. Media outlets such as CBS News, Sirius XM and Genre Magazine featured Christian in groundbreaking stories.
As GLSEN’s Northeast Region Student Coordinator, Christian worked with high school Gay Straight Alliances (GSA) for six years. In 2007, Christian joined the Pride Connections Center of New Jersey as a program developer serving gay inner-city youth. That same year, he won a student Emmy award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his End the Silence public service announcement.
Hofstra University honored Christian as their 2012 Man of the Year for his work developing a safe-campus space for LGBT students while earning his BA in digital media and LGBT studies. In 2013, Christian joined Alan van Capelle, former Executive Director of Empire State Pride Agenda, by serving as his digital strategist at Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. They focused on mobilizing Jews to advance social issues by speaking out against injustice and inequality.
Christian currently lives in Brooklyn with his partner, Aaron Williams, a tennis instructor, now serving in the Marines.