Our Mission/Vision

Our mission is to create success life stories among transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals.

Our vision is to create a world where transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people pursue their dreams and achieve success in their lives without fear of discrimination, harassment, or violence due to their sexual orientation and or gender identity/gender expression.

Our History

Casa Ruby is the only LGBTQ bilingual and multicultural organization in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that provides social services and programs catering to the most vulnerable in the city and surrounding areas. The idea behind the formation of a transgender women of color run and led organization came almost 30 years ago when Ruby Corado arrived in Washington, D.C., and there were no services to support her needs as a young transgender Latina immigrant. Her drive and dream was to bring resources to historically underserved and under resourced communities in order to create more success stories for transgender and queer folks.

Ruby Corado and a group of friends started Casa Ruby in Washington D.C. by organizing and building a community in parks, churches, and businesses, often facing discrimination and rejection. Despite severe adversity, Ruby and friends persevered, and their efforts led to the creation of Casa Ruby Inc.

In June 2012, Ruby Corado, with the help of a group of volunteers, opened the first Casa Ruby Center located in the area of Howard University in Washington, D.C. Today, Casa Ruby employees almost 50 people, providing more than 30,000 social and human services to more than 6,000 people each year.

Casa Ruby LGBTQ Community Center has a slogan of being “Everyone’s Home,” implying that it is not only limited to LGBTQ populations, but also their families and the larger community.

Who is Ruby?

Ruby Jade Corado, D.C. Humanist-Transgender woman

Ruby was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. She fled a civil war when she was 16 years old. Now 43 years old, she has lived in Washington, D.C. for the past 27 years, where she has devoted the last 20 years to advocating for the inclusion of transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming gay, lesbian, and bisexual people in main stream society.

She is a self-made, tireless advocate and leader for social justice, and her hard work has helped gain legal protections in Washington, D.C. She has fought for LGBTQ human rights, transgender liberation, immigration equality, and access to healthcare, and fought against hate crimes/violence and many other disparities and issues facing the communities that she represents.

Ruby is a bilingual inspirational speaker and nationally recognized sensitivity trainer focusing on social justice issues facing transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people, both in English and Spanish.

“When you are proud living in your truth, no one can take away your happiness and self worth.”

Our Staff

Keiva Young

Housing Monitor

Learn Keiva's story

Gladys Zapata

Housing Case Manager

Learn Gladys' story

Corey Haskett

Non Medical Case Manager

Learn Corey's story

Interested in becoming a volunteer at Casa Ruby? Fill out our Volunteer Form.

Our Board of Directors

Jacqueline Franco – President

Miguel Rivera – Secretary

Jack Quintana – Board Member

Meredith Zotlick – Board Member

Hassam Naveed – Board Member

Interested in joining our board? Fill out our BOD Application Form.