I was born in Laredo Texas and grew up between there and Dallas in north Texas as a queer, mixed-race, light-skinned latinx. After turning eighteen I moved to Port Townsend Washington where I lived for a few years homesteading and learning about farming and small impact living. During that time I also worked seasonally as a sailor on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater teaching about river ecology and sailing, which brought me to New York. After deciding to go to college I moved back to Washington to attend The Evergreen State College. I graduated with a degree in Multi-Cultural Psychology and worked in various capacities as a counselor at different agencies.
First, I worked in group homes for foster care youth, then another group home primarily for LGBTQ youth, finally as an advocate where I counseled survivors of violence at a domestic violence agency serving LGBTQ survivors in Seattle. These experiences led me to pursue a masters degree in social work. I packed up and moved to New York City and spent my summers studying at Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton Massachusetts. Once I earned my Masters degree and was licensed as a clinical social worker I served as a therapist at an outpatient mental health clinic. Now I can be found in Midtown Manhattan and upstate in Kingston New York.
"An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience."