Jose Cruz moved from the Midwest to Portland, OR in 2000 where he has been an active part of the LGBT community. He is a registered nurse pursuing a Master’s degree in Nursing, Psychiatric and Mental Health at Vanderbilt University. He hopes to provide services to folks in the community living with PTSD and trauma. He was inspired to go back to school while he was the coordinator for the Trans Clinic in Portland, OR (2008-2012), where he was able to help incorporate on-site mental health services for transgender individuals seeking transition-related medical care. He received the Oregon Regional, Pride of the Rose, and Vasquez Pride in Health scholarships.