so it is better to speak
we were never meant to survive
— Audre Lorde

Elyse Ambrose is a black queer woman.

As a healing activist, sexual ethicist, and word artist, Elyse's work lies at the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, class, and spirituality. Currently a Ph.D. Candidate, the desire for her scholarship to impact and be informed by real lives leads to her synergy of theory and practice, namely in the form of phoeniXspark-- a project that creates healing space centered in the experiences of queer and trans people of color and women of color, as well as consulting services for organizations seeking to engage gender and sexuality. 

Elyse is a graduate of Howard University (B.B.A, 2007) and of the Interdenominational Theological Center (M.Div., 2013). She is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and currently resides in New York City.