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Project Muse: Resisting Identity Erasure after Pulse

Christopher J. Cuevas

We live as a shared humanity and every single person is deserving of dignity and honor. I don’t want to live in a world where anyone is left behind. So, why not lean in?

A lifelong peace practitioner, educator, and community organizer, Christopher leads their work for cultural transformation by centering the unapologetic and unwavering power of radical love. A child of immigrants and a transgender person of color, Christopher interconnects their lived experience and drives the necessary heart work of building a culture of peace, compassion, and change through advocating for racial, gender, and economic justice movements.

Through their work with state, national, and transnationally recognized initiatives and organizations, Christopher has led conversations and facilitated education campaigns specifically addressing structural racism, health equity, and LGBTQ+ issues. In acknowledgment of their commitment to social equity and LGBTQ+ justice, Christopher was honored by Equality Florida as their 2017 Voice of Equality honoree, in 2018 by the Public Broadcasting Station as an American Graduate Champion, in 2022 by the Contigo Fund as their inaugural Legacy Award honoree, and honored by POZ Magazine on their annual POZ 100 list of advocates making a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

In 2016, following the horrific massacre at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL, Christopher co-founded and served as the executive director of QLatinx, a racial, social, and gender justice movement working toward the advancement of intersecting LGBTQ+ Latinx issues. Under the direction of the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Christopher led efforts to address health disparities, and introduce comprehensive measures directly supporting communities living with HIV in the US South. Empowered by the auspice of the Trans Justice Funding Project, the nation’s largest transgender led philanthropic initiative, Christopher has worked to drive nearly $1 million dollars to transgender led and serving initiatives across the US, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa.

An avid peacebuilder, Christopher served on the Board of Directors for the Peace and Justice Institute, an internationally recognized center for peace education. Appointed by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer in 2019, Christopher served on the Advisory Board for the City of Orlando’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, working to highlight and address the needs of the City’s growing multicultural community. Christopher previously served as a trustee for Philanthropy Southeast, the premier philanthropic network focused on the American South and U.S. Caribbean territories, where they led efforts to champion equitable and trust-based practices in Southern philanthropy.

Christopher most recently lead the LGBTQ+ Equality grantmaking program for the Laughing Gull Foundation, the nation’s largest Southern funder of LGBTQ+ initiatives, where they managed a $2 million dollar grant portfolio in support LGBTQ+ organizations working at the intersections of racial, gender, and economic justice throughout the U.S. South.

Christopher is the Principal and Founder of Colibri Consulting Group, a movement-centered capacity builder and strategy center, strengthening the leadership of those at the forefront of racial, gender, and economic justice movements.