CasSandra has lived in Richmond since 2010 and fell in love with the city soon after arriving.
Since 2014, CasSandra has served as a member/leader in S.O.N.G. (Southerners On New Ground). In S.O.N.G., CasSandra uses her experiences and identities to advocate for Black communities and Latinx communities.
As a Black Cuban, she is specifically passionate about highlighting Afro-latinidad. CasSandra also works hard to center femmes and femininity. Early on, CasSandra received messages about Black femininity existing for the purpose of uplifting Black masculinity.
She works to uproot this ideology in Black queers spaces where she sees it perpetuated.
CasSandra’s professional interest is mental health. She hopes to use her educational and professional experiences to support Black queer folks in her community who are coping with trauma and everyday oppression.
Recently, CasSandra has been sinking her roots into the identity of healer. She feels especially fulfilled when she is able to soak in the ways that Black culture and ancestry has worked toward healing and wellness. She endeavors to queer those traditions as an offering to the community around her.
This post is part of a partnership between GayRVA and Diversity Richmond to feature honoree’s of Diversity’s first LGBTQ+ Black History Month series. Honorees were asked to share their stories in their own words. We’ll be posting more honorees as the month continues. Photo provided by Harron Fells
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