I was raised in Southeastern Tennessee and attended New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where I studied gender, sexuality, politics, race, and revolution.
I’ve worked primarily as a research data manager and database developer, in the areas of medical and behavioral research into the sex industry, sexually transmitted infections, orthopedic trauma, and cancer care.
A proud activist nearly half of my life, my areas of action relate to issues of sexuality and health care, including HIV/AIDS, mental health, substance use and abuse, and multiple sclerosis.
My involvement with sex workers’ rights activism began in 2000, and my primary focus remains there. It’s unfortunate that I need to say this, but all trafficking in persons is deplorable; too often the issues of sex work and trafficking are erroneously conflated. I am active in the fight against human trafficking, approaching the issue from a sex workers’ rights framework, placing emphasis on the lived experience of those working in the sex industry.
On a lighter note, here’s a random list of things I adore that will tell you a bit more about me.