The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Youth Well-Being Program has announced its 2022 class of HRC Youth Ambassadors – an impressive collection of 10 students from across the nation, including Nico Craig, a Culver City High School alum.
Nico Craig, who is completing his second year as an HRC Youth Ambassador, is a 19-year-old DJ and music producer from Los Angeles. He attended Culver City High School, where he spread his passion for uniting the LGBTQ community among his peers.
As Youth Ambassadors, these LGBTQ+ advocates will represent the HRC Foundation, adding their voices and experiences to raise awareness about the most pressing concerns facing LGBTQ+ youth and HRC programs that promote well-being for LGBTQ+ youth, including All Children – All Families, Welcoming Schools and the Youth Well-Being Program, as well as HRC’s ninth annual Time to THRIVE Conference in February.
“This program is designed to amplify the important voices of teens and young adults, and engage them in helping HRC Foundation improve the lives of LGBTQ+ youth at home, at school, at work and beyond,” said Dr. Vinnie Pompei, HRC Foundation’s Director of the Youth Well-Being Program and the Time to THRIVE Conference. “These youth have real and meaningful contributions to make to HRC’s work and the LGBTQ+ movement.”
Craig became an activist, creating his middle school’s first and only LGBTQ student organization. These efforts earned him the American Citizenship Award. He strived to transform his negative experiences with harassment and bullying into fighting for acceptance and equal treatment on his campus. After graduating high school in 2020, he continues to be involved in the LGBTQ community, and he recently came out as a transgender man. With his passion in music, he has earned the opportunity to speak on the Grammy X GLAAD panel with LGBTQ and ally music artists such as Dan Reynolds, Linda Perry, Asiahn, Shea Diamond and many others.
Craig aims to be a light for trans and gender non-conforming BIPOC communities.
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