José (they/them/elle/les) is a Nonbinary Mexican/Salvadoran living with HIV committed to transformative justice and wellness for all BIPOC LGBTQI2S+ people and their communities. English was not their first language, and they were born to undocumented Mexican and Salvadoran farmworkers in rural Washington State where they spent their youth working in agricultural fields across the Northwest. José graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with honors in Cultural Anthropology where they learned to value lived experience as much as, if not more than, academic credentials. Since 2012 they have led anti-racist and gender-affirming systems change across the US and Mexico. Since 2017, they have provided gender-inclusive Spanish interpretation/translation for clients globally. José is the inaugural Director of Community Advocacy, Research, and Education (C.A.R.E.) at the Pride Foundation, where they are reimagining mutual-aid and growing a living archive of gender-affirming storytelling to enable cultural change for BIPOC Trans+ people. Before returning to the PNW, they lived in North Carolina and organized for abolition across the South thanks to Durham Beyond Policing, SONG, and other Black Queer Feminists formations. José has held various social justice leadership positions nationally and their HIV Language Justice work has been featured in CNN’s Blind Angels Series. They love to explore rivers and starscapes, experiment with metal and poetry, they love all things purple, and their proudest moments are making people laugh.
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