Kayla Rena Gore works to help to coordinate homeless services, conduct direct outreach and advocate for the rights of TLGBQ people, especially transgender women. She studied Sociology at Southwest. She also provides trainings for CBO’s, educational institutions, healthcare organizations around trans inclusivity. Her organizing work has includes fighting for housing equity for all people who are chronically homeless and advocating for the just treatment of transgender people by law enforcement.
Ace Brooks is a native Memphian, graduating high school with honors from Craigmont High. He obtained his BA in Anthropology from the acclaimed University of Tennessee in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Knoxville. He has over 60 graduate hours in counseling and is currently pursuing a MBA in Community and Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University.
Ace began his work in public health, advocacy, and community and grassroots initiatives as a teacher and later college ans career counselor. From there he witnessed first hand how the lack of access and information on many topics including sexual health, education rights, civil matters and local politics. He them began his work in 2016 in HIV care and prevention along with community development at a local LGBT community center where he worked closely with people from all walks of life to provide free services to a marginalized population. He later transitioned into providing direct care to HIV inflected and affected individuals through his work in a local community clinic ans support services agency.
He is currently the co-chair to the Memphis-Shelby Ryan White Planning Group, a federally mandated organization that oversea the 6.3 million dollars appropriated to the area for HIV care and prevention. In 2018, he began his solo journey against the fight for health literacy, equity, access, and distribution for all. Ace is the Founder and Executive Director of P.L.U.S. Memphis (Promoting Longevity Unity & Self-care) a local nonprofit that provides comprehensive supportive services for HIV infected and affected individuals and their families and other marginalized populations thru supportive services, health education, HIV care and prevention, engagement, and advocacy.
Ellyahnna C. Wattshall is an artist, author, graphic novelist and musician. She attended university for journalism and sociology. Ellyahnna has done social justice work, volunteer work for several organizations and works in the logistics. Ellyahnna has worked in group facilitation and logistics training. She spent many years as a teenager experiencing homelessness. She has goals to publish several more novels and begin publishing music.
Jarred Clemons is an HIV Tester and PrEP Navigator currently at Le Bonheur Community Outreach. He graduated with dual degrees in Business and is willing to help develop Microsoft office skills and professional presentation.