Tiommi Luckett is a transgender woman of color living with HIV since September 2012. Luckett began advocating in February 2014 by speaking at the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Luckett went on to AIDS Watch 2014 where she spoke with her members of Congress about HIV/AIDS and the fundamental need to keep resources available. Luckett is The Well Project's Communications Coordinator, a member of the Positive Women's Network-USA, a National Advisory Board Member of Positively Trans, a Steering Committee Member of the US PLHIV Caucus, board member of the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition (ArTEC), and a quality health advisor to the Arkansas Department of Health.
I am currently working toward my Bachelor degree in Health Educator. I now hold two Associate degree in Social And Behavioral Science and Health Education. Attended City College of San Francisco and Unversity of San Francisco with a focus specializing with a community building and evaluating organizational outcomes. Worked earlier in the HIV field in these different states North Carolina, Florida and California. For the last four years I have focused on helping the least of communities (Black and brown people) find permanent or transition housing. Working with one of largest Shelters system in San Francisco to help to lower the impact of a systemically oppression systems that lock Black and brown communities out. As a former sex worker, I currently working as a Case manager for St James Infirmary that help to find resources for ex and current sex worker. Volunteers at TGIJP, work with former incarcerated Trans women and none genders conforming communities with letter writing project and consult on organizational restructure concerns.
Melissa Sontag Broudo
Melissa Sontag Broudo has been part of the sex workers' rights and harm reduction movements for fifteen years. Before co-founding the Sharmus Outlaw Advocacy and Rights (SOAR) Institute, she was a Senior Staff Attorney at the Sex Workers Project (SWP) at the Urban Justice Center for seven years. She won the first ever vacatur motion for a survivor of human trafficking and provided technical expertise on these critical motions throughout the state and country.
Prior to working at SWP, Ms. Broudo worked as a staff attorney at the Children's Law Center in Brooklyn. During law school, she worked with various pioneering sex workers' rights and harm reduction organizations, including Different Avenues and FROST'D.
Ms. Broudo is currently on the board of the Best Practices Policy Project (BPPP). She has been an active member of the New York City Bar Association, having previously served on the Criminal Courts Committee. She has also served on the board of the PROS Network (Providers Offering Resources and Services to Sex Workers) and the Desiree Alliance, a national conference for sex workers and allies.
Ms. Broudo received her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Gender Studies in 2001. She received her Masters of Public Health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in their dual degree program in 2006.
Ciora Thomas a Pittsburgh native and resident founder of Sisters PGH developed in 2013 which has been making great feats in advocation for transgender rights and equality while opening a homeless shelter for trans-women/men and non-binary people living in the Western Pennsylvania looking to transition into permanent housing.
Ciora is one of only a few Trans-women of color leaders in Pittsburgh, Pa speaking out about women's rights, injustices, speaking up to power securing rights that stick and insuring freedoms for transgender people are gained and secured. Knowing the struggles that inherit our nation at large she strives to make a difference in forwarding the reassurance of equality everywhere while being a strong advocate and movement of action for the transgender population of Pittsburgh. In the struggles that many of the LGBTQIA community faces she has lived through it and has gained great knowledge on how to lead and bring success in bettering the lives of those who struggle to survive in communities not built for there independence or growth.
Through this she has achieved great feats leading her to becoming elected to serve on the LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council in the mayor's office also winning the Community Engagement Award for 2017 thus adding to her long line of accomplishments. She has also secured a partnership and position on the board of Proud Haven, anp organization that provides a safe shelter for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth/adults.
She continues providing emotional support and resources to help transgender youth and adults to develop the skills needed to live independently through peer groups she holds twice a month. Through all her strengths and commitment she has helped shape a better life ahead of those who are in need of a chance at life. Standing up to injustices towards POC, Women/trans-women, human rights, exploitation, capitalism and bigotry.
Transgender Community Advisor, Vanessa Warri (San Francisco, CA) is a researcher, strategist, advocate, and former survival sex worker committed to the liberation, empowerment, and safety of Black transgender women, sex workers, and communities existing at various intersections of oppression. For 11 years she has provided empowerment based direct services and peer education for transgender communities, LGBT youth and the incarcerated. In her current role as a research associate with the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health she focuses on health based intervention development and testing designed to facilitate behavior change among San Francisco’s high risk transgender population. Additionally Vanessa is involved in collaboration with the Sharmus Outlaw Advocacy and Rights Institute (SOAR Institute), supporting with advocacy against SESTA and FOSTA, and developing a national rapid response to anticipate and address the challenges and dangers this legislation will have.
Lola Balcon is a community organizer working for the rights and safety of people in the sex trade. She advises Third Wave Fund's Sex Workers Giving Circle, the first ever sex worker led fund housed at a foundation. She is one of the organizers behind Survivors Against SESTA, which coordinated the June 1 Lobby Day and June 2 IWD in more than a dozen cities around the country. Lola also co-founded MASWAN (Massachusetts Sex Worker Ally Network), a sex worker-led, ally supported advocacy group, after organizing with SWOP-Boston. She has experience in media relations, electoral politics, and coalition building. She is inspired every day by Ceyenne Doroshow's work and love for the community and is excited to advise and lift up GLITS.