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 an advocate, they have played a key role in campaigns around hate violence prevention, trans rights, and sex work decriminalization.
As a writer and storyteller Dacia hosted the Red Umbrella Diaries, a monthly sex worker storytelling series, for five years; the series was documented in a film of the same name that screened at DOC NYC and internationally. 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 published short stories 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.
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.