Rene Vincit is a Latino X LGBT combat veteran residing in the Washington DC area. Currently, he works in consulting as a multi-media public affairs specialist for commercial and government agencies across the nation.
After 10 years of active duty service with the United States Navy as a combat medic, he has chosen to pursue a career in fine art and social inequalities. He is challenging the social norm and becoming a voice for veterans suffering from PTSD, military sexual trauma, and addiction through a variety of platforms.
Rene has spoken on panels regarding the variety of challenges service members face during their transition process and re-integration into the civilian sector.
Gladys is a Portuguese-Angolan sales consulting executive living in the Washington DC area. A self-proclaimed fashion-forward diva with over 10 years of experience in retail management, team building, coaching, training, and fashion merchandising. She is passionate about giving back to the community and making a difference for all. In the past, she has worked closely with children and adults with disabilities of varied spectrum levels. Creating and implementing functional and life skills curriculum that focused on community integration and advanced interpersonal skills.
Her personal and professional life experiences are what she hopes to bring to the Squishee Sandwich taking on the role as an advocate for overlooked communities.
Patrick Ingram is young gay black man who currently resides in New York City. Currently, Patrick works in aviation as a flight attendant in New York City.
Being diagnosed with HIV in 2011 and after noticing an absence of young people (specifically gay and black young people) advocating about social issues he decided to dedicate his life to being involved in the LGBTQ community on issues surrounding social justice and health education. He currently promotes HIV testing/education, PrEP, health/wellness, and partner notification. He also spends his time advocating for expanded services for HIV prevention and treatment. In addition, Patrick has written for Thebody.com and has written for Advocate.com. He has been featured on Huffpost Live.
Patrick speaks on panel discussions at conferences like the United States Conference on AIDS and has publicly told his story or shared specific experiences on MTV and international news outlets.
Steve is an Active Duty Navy service member who currently resides in the National Capital area, and up until recently, his childhood dreams were to have a successful career in the military. Unfortunately, he was newly diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, an auto-immune disease that has halted his career in the military. Along with his diagnosis came a great deal of depression stemming not only from the illness but also the convoluted medical retirement process the Navy created for him.
Life happens sometimes, and we are forced to re-shape our paths to success, which is what Steve is doing now in the most resilient way possible. To maintain a healthy and more fulfilled lifestyle, Steve took on the challenge of training as an Olympic Weightlifter and began to explore various creative avenues. Steve’s latest ventures include Veteran Advocacy, Crohn’s Advocacy, Improv, Digital Content Creation, and the Performing Arts.
Steve is also a proud dog owner! Luca, an all black German Shepard who has given even his darkest days meaning, happiness, and most importantly a sense of purpose.
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