Cruz is an actor and activist.
He currently stars on the Award-winning CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery. He is also the Executive Producer of the critically lauded docuseries called Visible: Out on Television airing on Apple TV+.
In 1994, Cruz won the hearts of audiences across the world and forever changed the LBGTQ Landscape playing the first openly Gay teenager on network television in his Award-winning performance as Rickie Vasquez on the hit ABC series My So Called Life. The show was honored with the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Drama and Cruz received the Emery S. Hetrick Award from the Hetrick- Martin Institute for Outstanding Contributions to LGBTQ Youth for his contribution.
Cruz served as the Director of Entertainment Industry Partnerships and National Spokesperson for GLAAD, currently serves on the board of GLSEN and devotes considerable time supporting other LBGTQ organizations as well.
Cruz has received many awards for his activism, including the Rand Schrader Distinguished Achievement Award from the Los Angeles LGBTQ Center, the Liberty Award from Lambda Legal, the Visibilidad Award from GLAAD, the Fusion Achievement Award from Outfest, the Latino Spirit Award for Achievement in Entertainment and Advocacy from the California Latino Legislative Caucus, the Harvey Milk Equality Award, the Lincoln Aston Public Service Award, Aston-Brooks Award, and the Advocate Award from AdColor.
Wilson is a first generation American of Puerto Rican descent.