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Audacia Ray is a New York-based advocate and writer, who currently serves her LGBTQ community as Director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy at the New York City Anti-Violence Project, where she is a founding member of the Decrim NY Coalition. She spent five years as the founding executive director of the sex worker-led media, storytelling, and advocacy group Red Umbrella Project. Prior to that, she created and implemented the International Women's Health Coalition's first online communications strategy and was an executive editor at $pread magazine.

Audacia is an editor of the anthology $pread: The Best of the Magazine that Illuminated the Sex Industry and Started a Media Revolution (Feminist Press, 2015) and author of the book Naked on the Internet: Hookups, Downloads, and Cashing In on Internet Sexploration (Seal Press, 2007). She edited the literary journal Prose & Lore: Memoir Stories About Sex Work for three years, publishing stories generated in workshops she led for the Red Umbrella Project. Audacia executive produced the feature documentary The Red Umbrella Diaries, which screened at DOC NYC in 2015 and was based on the long-running monthly storytelling series of the same name that Dacia hosted.

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