As a gay man, Vincent’s journey out of the closet has been long and complicated. Growing up in a Mexicano/Chicano family, enrooted in both Catholic and Pentecostal backgrounds, didn’t leave room for questioning one’s sexual orientation or considering that perhaps homosexuality wasn’t a worldly perversion. Home quickly became a confusing space.
Vincent was born and raised for most of his life in Merced, located in California's Central Valley. After graduating from high school he went on to attend Azusa Pacific University, one of the largest evangelical Christian universities in the United States located in Southern California.
At Azusa Pacific, however, the subject of homosexuality was not only taboo in discussion and overlooked, but being gay was also condemned and punishable by university policies. In other words, being gay at APU was neither safe or accepted. So when Vincent became aware of his same-sex attractions, he felt like he had to take drastic measures. After years of hiding and trying to pray away his same-sex attractions, Vincent's same-sex attractions became too much to handle or to hide.
As a result of his anti-gay upbringing and college, he submitted himself to reparative therapy through counseling, ex-gay support groups, and even consented to an exorcism. This experience led Vincent to the brink of suicide. But through the shadows he overcame the hardships and came out and fully accepted himself as gay man in July 2006.
In 2006 Vincent joined up with Soulforce to participate in the "Right to Serve" Campaign in Los Angeles through Soulforce. In 2007, Vincent continued his work with Soulforce as member of the Soulforce Equality Ride; during a 2-month journey across the United States.
Vincent along with over 50 other young adults visited Christian colleges and universities that have policies that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students, faculty, and staff, to share their stories and create dialogue about faith and sexuality, while challenging their discriminatory policies.
In 2008, Vincent began his career as a speaker and performer, addressing a variety of social justice issues in his talks and presentations.
As a storyteller, Vincent has acted as a national voice to bring truth to spiritual violence of the ex-gay movement. He has been featured in various US media outlets including The Tyra Banks Show, The Detroit News, HDNet World Report, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet on Fox, Logo TV, PBS In The Life, and DETAILS Magazine. He has also collaborated on other projects and has guest written for other blogs, recently including The Bilerico Project.
Vincent is currently a doctoral student at the University of Southern California, focusing his research and writing on theology and queer sexual representations in Latin American contexts. He also holds a master's degree in theology from Harvard Divinity School and a bachelor's degree in religious studies from the University of California, Riverside.
Vincent is currently finishing a book-length project that examines the relationship between exorcisms, ex-gay ministries, and homosexuality. His other recent projects explore contemporary Evangelical Christianity, ex-gay movements, and theological Latinidad. His next book project is forthcoming and more information will be available soon.