Gabriel Ocasio-Cortez is a few things:
Gabriel has fought to sustain himself since he lost both his father and half of his hearing at the age of 15. Having experienced tremendous struggle, he set out to break the cycle - and provide the assistance he needed back then to someone else.
As a 28th birthday gift to himself, he created Deaf Collective.
A spotlight of Deaf Queer talent, a gallery - a prism of positivity to distort and dismiss stereotypes & showcase success the beauty and talent within our community.. Yet, it needed to also be a charitable organization, aiming to fund ASL & provide Direct-To-You grants to qualifying applicants in need.
Oh, and did we mention that Gabriel is committed to sustainability?
He's ensuring that Deaf Collective is a negative carbon footprint Organization by Dec 2021.