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Vanessa White

Vanessa White

Vanessa White

Vanessa L. White Fernandes is a spiritual being, temporarily posing as a human being. She loves writing, reading, and giving free hugs to friends and strangers alike. Although she has been a social worker and therapist for over thirty years, she has come to define herself beyond her career, and has awoken to the realization that seeing the world as sick, ill, or needing her help does not empower people to rise up and shine their own light and essence. She has discovered how to see people as whole, complete, and capable of change. As a trainer and educator for the past thirty years, on topics related to diversity and multicultural experiences, particularly related to LGBTQI+ concerns, she is most interested in discussing gender as a social construct, and how it has created limitations in how we view ourselves and one another. Vanessa is also chapter leader and Board President of Free Mom Hugs- Pennsylvania. Vanessa is happily married to the woman of her dreams, and they live in a cottage on the hill in Northeast Pennsylvania, sharing space with their three beloved kitties. She recently completed her fourth Hug Bug Tour, with her 22 year old son, Jace, traveling across the country, interviewing other persons who offer free hugs to strangers. Jace and Vanessa will be creating a documentary from the footage. Follow their adventures at www.thehuggingarmy.org