Charneil Bush, 28, is a community and social justice advocate from Waterbury, CT. He studied criminology and psychology at Central Connecticut State University. As a former foster youth, he has a passion for child welfare and is currently serving as the president of the board of directors for the foster and adoptive non profit, Annie C. Courtney Foundation.
He cofounded the CT Coalition of Former Foster Youth (CCOFFY), and is the head of outreach for Queer Unity and Empowerment Support Team (QUEST), the LGBT task force in his town. He fills out the rest of his time mentoring and being a leader in the youth ministry at his church.
Feeling his identity as a Black queer Christian man was at odds after the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision, Charneil sought to create space for other queer people of color to share their feelings without being emotionally policed.
So he created LINES, a support group for queer POC ages 18-30. Wanting to expand this safe space and not only start the necessary conversations but engage in them, Charneil and his close friend Frankie started What About Your Friends. What About Your Friends, named for the famed TLC song, is a podcast that discusses and dissects all manner of relationships, current events, and pop culture from the lens of queer men of color.