The 2017 HRC Youth Ambassador cohort is a group of 16 inspiring young people, ages 15-22, from across the country. Young people are invited to participate in the program because of their courage in sharing their own stories, and their demonstrated commitment to speaking out about issues facing all LGBTQ youth. As Youth Ambassadors, they represent HRC Foundation and add their voice to help raise awareness about HRC’s youth-focused programs.
Weston Charles-Gallo is a youth ambassador from Liberty, Missouri. Weston entered the foster care system at age 14, and after several placements, found his forever family with his two dads and six siblings. In high school, Weston was a competitive cheerleader, and was involved with the Youth Speak Out Team (YSO), which works to raise awareness of the experiences of foster youth and the challenges they face. Weston was also a member of the Diversity Council, Family Career Community Leaders of America, and the yearbook staff, where he captured stories of his student body. Weston enjoys spending time with his friends and family, and writing poetry.