Audacia Ray (they/she) is a writer and advocate with nearly 20 years of experience in LGBTQ, sex worker, feminist, and anti-violence organizing, communications, and policy work. As Director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy at the New York City Anti-Violence Project, they advocate to shift resources away from the criminal legal system and toward support for LGBTQ survivors of violence. As a writer and storyteller, Dacia was named "Best Sex Blogger in NYC" and their reading series was named "Best Sex Worker Storytelling Event" by the Village Voice in 2010. Their nonfiction work has been widely anthologized, most recently in We Too: Essays on Sex Work and Survival. She was an editor of $pread magazine and its respective best-of anthology published by Feminist Press. In a recent turn toward fiction, Dacia has become a Tin House Winter Workshop alumn and has had short stories published in Necessary Fiction, Litro Magazine, NonBinary Review, and Stone Canoe. Dacia has a MA in American Studies from Columbia University and a BA in Cultural Studies from the New School. They spend their time in Brooklyn and the Catskill Mountains.
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2022 LGBTQ+ Safe Spaces National Needs Assessment
The New York City Anti-Violence Project has been documenting anti-LGBTQ+ violence for more than 40 years - and over the last several years, we have been seeing an increase in hate violence targeted against LGBTQ safe spaces. This first-of-its-kind study surveyed 380 groups across the U.S. about violence and harassment they experienced in 2022.