(Red Umbrella Diaries - September 6- New Beginnings)
Hosted and Curated by Audacia Ray
Happy Ending, 302 Broome Street between Forsyth and Eldridge, in New York City
Doors at 7 pm, event from 8-10
21 and up – FREE
Join us for a night of stories on new beginnings from the newest members of team RedUp
Niesha Davis is a writer based in New York. Her work has appeared in: Time Out Amsterdam Magazine, Bust Magazine, and $pread Magazine to name a few.In the past she has written for Bust.com and bed-stuy.patch.com. She is a graduate of Eugene Lang College The New School where she studied Theater and Literary Studies. She is thrilled to be a part of the Red Umbrella team.
Savannah Hornback: Ms Hornback begin her professional career in the field of HIV/AIDS in 2004 as a peer educator , since then she has worked at many different levels of HIV prevention including extensive work with a number of
marginalized communities including but not limited to street based sex workers, IDU and substance abuse, mental health population as well as the homeless population. Ms. Hornback has become well known within the non-profit arena working in a number of capacities including clinical case management, program development and supervision and oversight of New York State-Department Of Health HHS and CDC funded grants targeting the Transgender and Gender Non-conforming populations. Currently as a affluent member of the community Ms. Hornback is involved with influencing policy at both the state and National Levels that affect/effect the community at large. As a woman of transgender experience and a survivor Ms Hornback is honored to have the chance to give back to her community.
Melissa Petro is a freelance writer and experienced teacher with two Masters degrees including an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from The New School. She has written for Salon, The Huffington Post, Daily Beast, Guardian and elsewhere. She is a regular contributor at xoJane and guest authored a column on sex work at the feminist blog, Bitch Magazine.
Daisy McCloud is a native New Yorker who has participated in many Red Umbrella Project programs including Speak Up! media and legislative trainings and December 17 (International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers). In 2012 she also co-facilitated the legislative trainings, and joined Audacia along with members of the sex worker community in Washington DC for the International AIDS Conference. She has been working with the Red Umbrella Project and the Sex Workers Project (at Urban Justice Center) on the “No Condoms as Evidence” bill including speaking about it at the legislative trainings, meeting with elected officials in their local offices, and going up to Albany for a lobby day this past spring. Daisy McCloud is the project coordinator for one of Red Umbrella’s newest campaigns, “Clear My Name”, that is set to start this fall. She is currently active in the sexy trade industry, as well as being a student and a mother of two girls.