Rev Alba Onofrio
Alba Onofrio (aka Reverend Sex) is a Southern Appalachian First-Gen Latinx Queer Evangelical Femme Resister who lives and loves in la Lucha with QTPOC folks as a Spiritual Healer and Bruja Troublemaker to subvert systems of domination, combat spiritual terrorism, reclaim the Divine and the erotic, and eradicate shame and fear wherever they are found. They hold a Masters of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School, where their studies focused on the theologies of sex, embodiment of the Divine in the queer colonized body, and sexual ethics based in queer desire. Alba has also worked in the immigrants rights movement for over a decade, previously serving as the Executive Director of El Centro Hispano, the then-largest non-religiously affiliated grassroots community center in North Carolina. As the former spiritual strategist for Soulforce and co-founder of the Sexual Liberation Collective, Reverend Sex continues to work for Queer Liberation all over the place, but most fondly in the US South and in solidarity with the Global South.
Yaz Mendez Nuñez
Yaz Mendez Nuñez is a Southern activist and artist, with roots spread in Virginia, North Carolina, and the Caribbean. As a Co-Executive Director to Soulforce, Yaz directs the organization’s communications strategy for base building & narrative development, and manages our fundraising and grant writing. Prior to joining Soulforce, Yaz served as a campaign organizer and popular education facilitator with Southerners On New Ground and Wayside Center for Popular Education, working on projects pertaining to municipal accountability in policing methods and resiliency in Queer Youth of Color. Yaz holds a Bachelors of Arts in Geography from the University of Richmond, and their academic background is focused in studying and cultivating community sovereignty + self-governance, specifically geospatial data imaging for equity and social justice.
Assata Dela Cruz
Minister of Beloved Community
Assata Dela Cruz is a black femme of Yoruba + Chahta descent by blood and Palestinian + Mayan descent by culture. She is an intuitive healer which she expresses through several holistic healing modalities including yoga and folk herbalism. Her greatest passion, however, is motherhood and she feels a strong calling to provide support particularly to mothers of color through radical birth work. She also fights relentlessly for a world void of an increasingly destructive capitalism. As an Aquarius, she thrives on creativity which she likes to manifest mostly through writing, photography and creating online content to amplify marginalized voices particularly against white Christian Supremacy.
Director of Ruckus
Megan Sharkey grew up on the Jersey Shore and now happily resides in the American South with their wife and growing family. Megan identifies as queer and trans, an advocate and researcher, a gardener witch, and a stubborn survivor. Megan received their Masters of Social Work, with a concentration in administration, policy, and program planning, from the Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond. In this role as Director of Ruckus (aka Operations), Megan works to increase Soulforce’s ability to respond to instances of harmful white Christian Supremacy through advancing the organizational infrastructure, specifically data collection and evaluation strategies.
Analyst for Global Education and Strategic Partnerships
Karina Vargas is Costa Rican, and an educator, feminist theologian, linguist, and advanced student of Psychology degree at the National University of Costa Rica and student of the Association of Critical Social Psychoanalysis also in Costa Rica. She holds a Master’s Degree in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California, and a Master’s Degree in Studies of Social and Family Violence from Universidad Estatal a Distancia located in San José, Costa Rica. She currently serves as an Analyst for Global Education and Strategic Alliances for Soulforce. She is also a professor of Liberation Theologies at the Center for World Education and Experience at the University of Augsburg in Minnesota. Among her main research focuses are the power dynamics involved in spiritual-religious violence and therapeutic processes to support survivors of these forms of violence.
Go With Grace
Grace Nichols is a queer genderqueer adopted pilipinx disabled angelic trouble maker. They have served as a Cultural Organizing Fellow for Southerners on New Ground and the LGBT Program Coordinator for Georgia College & State University, where they also received a degree in music therapy. Outside of Soulforce they perform drag with the House of Coxx and enjoy acting, writing, and producing for film, television, and audio drama. Blessed to be baptized in Southern Queer Resistance and in alignment with their radical commitment to dismantling all systems of oppression, Grace is elated to serve as the Kinship Minister for Soulforce.
Ale Ara Medina
Teología Sin Vergüenza
Ale Ara Medina is a sociocultural facilitator and audiovisual producer, with an academic background in Political Science, Sociology, and Queer & Feminist Theologies. They are a researcher and consultant in political communication, human rights, feminism, and the political participation of young people. They are also a facilitator of Feminist Self Defense workshops for women, girls, and non-binary people. They are passionate about baking, spoken word poetry, practicing parkour, and spending time with their fur-babies.
Mónica Treviño Álvarez
Teología Sin Vergüenza
Mónica Treviño Álvarez is a faith migrant and shameless theologian. She seeks to generate spaces where we all can live our spirituality in a free and informed way. She is a human rights defender for sexual and reproductive rights and the freedom of belief, and currently serves as the associate pastor at ICM Libres por Amor.
Teología Sin Vergüenza
Nadia Arellano is an intercultural facilitator from Mexico City with a background in human rights and feminist theologies. Nadia accompanies the family members of victims of violence, and also works with feminist women of faith and religious communities open to the LGBTIQA+ community as they mobilize against religious fundamentalisms and spiritual violence. She is passionate about learning, asking questions, reading, and thinking aloud with others.
CasSandra is a Black-Cuban healer in Richmond, VA, who is passionate about spirit work, mental health, indulgence and pleasure, and sustainable diligence. CasSandra has worked in healing and mental health since 2011 and currently works as a clinical therapist. CasSandra’s passion for social justice keeps the systemic and institutional forms of oppression at the front of her mind when thinking about how best to heal and liberate queer and trans Black and Brown people. She is overjoyed to be a part of Soulforce’s work to sabotage white Christian Supremacy, by bringing a trauma informed and culturally responsive lens in order to support an organizational culture of steadiness, sustainability, and spirit.
CasSandra was a member of the 2015-16 Soulforce Southeast House Fellowship and understands firsthand the power of reminding LGBTQ+ people that we have unlimited access to divinity because we are a manifestation of it. When she is not working or drooling over Soulforce, she pursues hobbies as a writer, songbird, chef, and crafty-creator.
Jason Tseng has devoted his professional and personal life to empowering ordinary people to make extraordinary change. Splitting his time between serving the arts and queer communities of color, he has worked for organizations like Theatre Communications Group, Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Fractured Atlas, and currently serves on the steering committee and chair emeritus of GAPIMNY, the second oldest queer Asian community organization in the nation. Before moving to New York, he grew up outside Washington, D.C., in Maryland and graduated from the University of Richmond studying Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Theatre. In his spare time, Jason creates plays, stories, comics, and illustrations (usually about queer people and people of color). He now lives in New Jersey with his husband and their rabbit, Turnip Cake.
Cole Parke is a queer & nonbinary trans person, rooted in Durham, North Carolina. Soulforce became their first political home when they climbed onboard the 2008 Equality Ride bus, and they’ve been learning, growing, and transforming alongside the organization ever since. They subsequently participated in a second Equality Ride in 2012, and joined the Board in 2020.
Cole currently works as a statewide community organizer for Carolina Jews for Justice, dedicated to building a powerful progressive Jewish justice movement in the South. Prior to joining CJJ, they spent five years working as a research analyst at Political Research Associates, a social justice think tank dedicated to understanding and interrupting right-wing extremism, including white supremacy, misogyny, xenophobia, antisemitism, and the Christian Supremacy that fuels it all.
Jelani is a queer, black, southern organizer and creative who is passionate about social change.
Jelani is a graduate of VCU’s Master’s of Social Work program as well as an alumni of the Kairos Fellowship. Their organizing accomplishments include successful campaigns around racial justice and the accountability of Big Tech. Currently, Jelani is a digital organizer and strategist providing mentorship to new digital organizers, as well as managing campaigns and building community power both online and on the ground.
Rev. Rhina Ramos
Rev. Rhina Ramos leads Ministerio Latino in Oakland, CA. Her call to ministry was to create a space where Latinx LGBTQI immigrants are welcomed and loved and started Ministerio Latino in December 2011. Rhina has 25 years of experience in non-profit work. Before being a full-time pastor, Rhina has been a lawyer, a community organizer, a facilitator and instigator. Originally from El Salvador, she is proud to come from the land of volcanoes.
delfin w. bautista
delfin is a native of Miami, FL with both Cuban and Salvadoran roots. delfín is a social worker, activist theologian, writer, and diversity educator with a Master in Divinity and a Master of Social Work. As a Latinx trans and queer diva of spirit, delfin is passionate about intersectional justice and resilience, especially around the experiences of queer people of color. delfin’s eclectic background includes parish ministry, campus ministry, chaplaincy, child welfare service, trauma therapy, education, writing, and diversity and inclusion work.
We are so honored to be in the movement with these strategic partners, collaborators, and friends:
- Political Research Associates
- Transform Network
- Bend the Arc
- Highlander Center for Research and Education
- Southern Crossroads
- Center for American Progress
- Catholics for Choice
- Women’s March
- Akira Media
- Paul Southwick Law, LLC
- Blueprint NC
- The Freedom Center for Social Justice
- Anti-Racist Research Collective
- Observatory for the Universality of Rights Coalition
- Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)
- Vanderbilt Divinity School Carpenter Program for Religion, Sexuality, and Gender
- McCormick Theological Seminary
- Duke University Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
- The Law, Rights, and Religion Project at Columbia Law School
- Proyecto Encuentros de Gracia y Bienvenida UCC
- El Ministerio Latino, Plymouth United Church of Christ Oakland
- Red de Teólogas, Pastoras, Activistas y Lideresas (TEPALI)
- ICM Libres por Amor, México
- Grupo Espiritual Cuir de Puebla, México
- Comunidad Luterana Santísimo Redentor, México
- Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir, México
- Abriendo Brechas de Colores, Cuba
- Q de Cuir Revista, Cuba
- ICM Matanzas, Cuba
- ACCEDER, Costa Rica
- Universidad de Costa Rica
- Ecumenicas por el Derecho a Decidir, Honduras
- Purisaq Warmikuna, Perú
- Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir, Argentina
- Groundswell Fund
- Urgent Action Fund
- Borealis Philanthropy
- E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
- Collaborative for Gender and Reproductive Equity
- Southern Vision Alliance
- And a huge thank you to all our private donors and comrades, without whom this work would never be possible.