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SOGI Campaigns is for activists defending Sexual and Gender Diversities

“SOGI” stands for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities. This site is dedicated to all who want to make a change in the world towards more acceptance and equality for people who don’t fit the traditional patterns. These are of course Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender people, but also all who don’t fit into mainstream representations of what “makes” a man or a woman: Queers, Intersex people, people labelled by their own cultural codes: Indian “Hijras”, Thai “Katoeys”, etc.

Or just “straight” people who feel oppressed by rigid gender representations.

It is a collective work involving hundreds of activists worldwide.

It is currently managed by the team that also facilitates the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

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Agim Margilaj - Kosovo

Since 2010, Agim has been publicly active in the LGBTI movement in Kosovo. As a Program Manager in the Center for Social Group Development he has been involved in drafting the anti-discrimination legislation, amendments to the Criminal Code and the National LGBTI Strategy. Agim is one of key organizers of three marches marking IDAHOT and the first Pride Parade in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo in 2017.
Moreover he was a Board Member of ERA – LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey (2015-2017). As a public figure in Kosovo, Agim regularly participates in events and activities aiming to contribute to bringing change in societal attitudes towards LGBTI and other marginalized communities, especially in media.

Angeline Jackson - Jamaica

Angeline Jackson is an LGBT human rights activist, HIV/AIDS educator, Executive Director of Quality of Citizenship Jamaica, and a life coach. In 2013, she co-founded Quality of Citizenship Jamaica, served as the associate director of Youth Guardian Services (YGS) from 2010 to 2015 and currently serves on the Global Advisory Board of Alturi. She also works with a growing faith-based group in Jamaica. Over the years Angeline has presented at various events and panels including the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: Creating Change, Founders Metropolitan Community Church, and has been a repeat featured speaker at Human Rights First IDAHOT Events on Capitol Hill where she has shared the podium with the Honorable David Cicilline and the Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. She had received the 2014 Saint Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation Hero Award, the 2016 Troy Perry Medal of Pride, and the 2017 Florida Youth Pride Coalition 2017 Icon Award for her work on LGBT rights in Jamaica. In 2015 at the Town Hall for Youth in Kingston Jamaica, former President Barack Obama recognized Angeline as one of the island’s remarkable young leaders. Angeline is a returning Fellow of the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum.

Andrea Kämpf – Germany

Andrea Kämpf is a lawyer and Senior Policy Advisor at the German Institute for Human Rights, Germany’s National Human Rights Institution. She coordinates the Institute’s team working with German state development institutions on the implementation of a human rights-based approach. In her work, she focuses on accountability of state donors and the promotion of civil society, having recently finished a research project on how state donors should promote human rights defenders working on sexual orientation and gender identity. She also works as a consultant for both state and non-state organisations. Before joining the Institute, she spent several years working with EU-funded development projects and for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.  She acts here in her private capacity.

Anthony Oluoch – Kenya

Anthony Oluoch is the Executive Director of Gay Kenya Trust, an organization that works towards equality and non-discrimination for all including gay and lesbian individuals in Kenya. As a lawyer, he has previously worked as the Legal and Human Rights Officer at the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya where he was instrumental in designing and initiating the implementation of what was then a strategy towards decriminalization of adult consensual same-sex conduct. He currently sits in the advisory panel of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

Bin Xu – China

Bin Xu is a dedicated LGBT rights activist in China.
In 2004 Bin Xu founded Common Language, a support and rights group for lesbians, bisexual women and transgender people in China. In 2008 Bin Xu con-founded Beijing LGBT Center, and served as its executive director from 2009-2010.

Bisi Alimi - UK /Nigeria

Bisi Alimi is the founder and the Executive Director of the Bisi Alimi Foundation, an organisation working to accelerate social acceptance of LGBT people in Nigeria.

Alimi has a BA in Theatre Arts (2004) from the University of Lagos Nigeria and MSc in Global Governance and Public Policy (2011) from Birkbeck College University of London.

Alimi is a multitalented storyteller, actor, activist and angelic troublemaker. He has over 15 years experience working on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Africa.

Before starting Bisi Alimi Foundation, he was a lecturer at the Humboldt University in Berlin teaching “Pre and Post Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Africa”.

In his spare time, he loves to read, watch television and cook. He lives in London with his husband.

Caleb Orozco - Belize

Caleb Orozco is an LGBT activist in Belize. He was the chief litigant in a case successfully challenging the anti-sodomy laws of Belize and the co-founder of the only LGBT advocacy group in the country.

Orozco became politically active when he was 31, after attending a workshop in Belize City for gay men and for people living with HIV.Orozco co-founded the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM) in 2006, and later became the president.UNIBAM is the country’s only LGBT advocacy group and has been using the legal system to challenge the anti-sodomy laws in Belize.UNIBAM is run out of Orzoco’s home.

Carla Sutherland - South Africa

Carla is currently an independent consultant, a visiting scholar at CUNY Graduate Center, and a senior advisor at the Vaid Group.  Prior to this she was Director of Programmes at the Other Foundation in South Africa.  Previously, she was a visiting scholar at the Gender and Sexuality Law Center, at Columbia University;  the Director of  International Programs at the Arcus Foundation; and she led the Ford Foundation’s education and sexuality program in Eastern Africa where she fostered a partnership among global and regional funders to establish a new human rights fund focused on support for sexual minorities, that led to the establishment of The East Africa Sexual Health and Rights Initiative (UHAI).

Carmel Marock - South Africa

Carmel Marock is South African – she has been an activist for many years and in the last 20 years an evaluator. Carmel works across Africa as well as Globally to support local, national and regional organisations, working towards gender equality and in particular on SOGI rights, in order to understand the contribution that these organisations are making to change and to support learning, adaptability and resilience.

Danilo Da Silva - Mozambique

Danilo da Silva is a founding member of the first LGBT organization in Mozambique. He is a strong advocate for advancement on LGBT rights not only in his country but also in the region and globally. He has been PAN African ILGA co-chair, AMSHeR (African Men for Sexual Health and Rights) board-member. At present he is LAMBDA’s ( Mozambican Association for Sexual Minority Rights) executive director.

Elle Fersan - Lebanon, United States of America

Elle is a civil rights advocate, and primarily focuses on  LGBTI, Women and migrants rights in the U.S., Lebanon and the Middle East and North Africa. Over her 17 year career, Elle has remained committed to improving policy and changing lives through persistent advocacy and collaboration with national and international agencies, such as the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations.  She testified on more than one occasion at the United Nations on LGBTQ rights in the Middle East and North Africa.
Elle is currently the Founding Director of the Gould School of Law Immigrants and Global Migration Initiative (IGMI) at the University of Southern California (USC). Elle built dozens of partnerships in order to address immigrant justice in Southern California and globally. She has promoted thought leadership on immigrant rights and climate migration, organized asylum clinics, and monitoring visits to immigration detention centers, and launched the USC Immigration Court Watch Program. Elle is CEO of Global Nexus Solutions, LLC a consulting firm that focuses on social impact. Her scope of work ranges from strategy building, fundraising, campaigning, institutional strengthening, monitoring and evaluation and training.
Elle speaks French, Arabic and English. View her portfolio here and follow her @ellefersan

Elie Ballan - Lebanon

Elie Ballan, holder of a license of Cinema Arts and with TV content and marketing
producer background, has been an activist for LGBTQ rights for more than a decade.
Joined M-Coalition in January 2016 as Executive Director, a full-time activist for the
rights of LGBTQI and people living with HIV in North Africa and the Middle East. Elie
now is the head of the LGBTQI health department (M-Coalition) at the Arab Foundation
for Freedoms and Equality. Elie sits on the Steering Committee of MPact Global, on the
MENA Community Advisory Board and the Global Advisory Panel for HIV Justice
Worldwide. Elie is also engaged in regional and global responses around public health
providing consultations for The World Health Organization and UNAIDS on HIV, Key
Populations and Improved community health systems. Elie Ballan has been involved in
many community research in the region and beyond and has a few published papers
around LGBTIQ and health access. Elie wants to see a MENA region more tolerant for
LGBT individuals and advancement for the eradication of HIV/AIDS, in other words he
tries to make this world a better place for everyone, one step at a time.

Fabrice Houdard - Corporate sector

Fabrice Houdart is Out Leadership Managing of Global Initiatives. Until January 15th, 2020 Fabrice Houdart was Human Rights Officer at the United Nations in New York since February 2016 where he worked on Free & Equal an unprecedented United Nations campaign for LGBTI equality. He co-authored and led the United Nations Global LGBTI standards of conduct for Business, the largest corporate social responsibility initiative on LGBTI issues in the World. To date 274 of the largest companies in the World have expressed support for the initiative. Previously, Fabrice was Senior Country Officer at the World Bank where he worked from 2001 to 2016. At the Bank, he authored economic development analyses on Yemen, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Tunisia and provided contributions to the 2012 Gender World Development Report (WDR) and the 2011 Conflict, Security, and Development WDR. He also He holds a B.A. in economics and management from Dauphine University in Paris and an MBA from American University in DC. Fabrice volunteers on the Board of Outright Action International, Housing Works, the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus,  Alturi, the KindRED Pride Foundation, Witness to Mass Incarceration and the Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA). He previously served on the Board of the Rainbow Theatre Project in Washington, DC. In 2019, he received the Golden Gate Business Association Award, the IGLTA Pioneer Award and the Alan Turing LGTBIQ Award for his human rights work. He was ranked 2nd by Yahoo Finance among LGBTI public sector executives globally in their 2019 Outstanding list. He was interviewed by The Economist, quoted in the New York Times, Foreign Policy Magazine and The Guardian on issues pertaining to the human rights of LGBTI people. He lives in New York City with twin sons 6-year old Maxime and Eitan.

Ging Cristobal - Philippines

A lesbian feminist activist since 1997, Ging Cristobal has worked extensively for legal and social change in the Philippines. She was the Executive Director and one of the founders of the Lesbian Advocates Philippines (LeAP!) She was also one of the founders and active members of Task Force Pride, the local network engaged in organizing the annual LGBT Pride event in the Philippines, of the Asia Pacific Rainbow, a regional LGBT organization, and a former member and party list nominee of LADLAD, a national LGBT political organization for LGBT people in the Philippines.

Ging has been a technical advisor of UNDP Being’s Asia regional project LGBT in Asia, and is acting Chairperson of the Quezon City Pride Council, instrumental in having the anti-discrimination ordinance passed in Quezon City.  Ging is one of the co-founder & member – ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, a coalition of LGBT groups in Southeast Asia advocating for the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGIE) in the ASEAN.

She joined OutRight Action International in 2008 as Project Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific.

Grainne Healy – Ireland

Dr Grainne Healy is Chairwoman of Marriage Equality and former Co Director of Yes Equality, the coalition that brought a landslide victory for the referendum on marriage equality in Ireland in 2015

Grainne is a long time feminist activist, former chairwoman of National Women’s Council of Ireland and Vice President of European Women’s Lobby. Co author of ‘Ireland Says Yes’ (Merrion Press, 2016) and Editor of ‘Crossing the Threshold – Story of Marriage Equality in Ireland’ (Merrion Press, June 2017). She is currently rolling out training for Council of Europe SOGI Unit on relationships recognition to member states of Council of Europe. A recipient of a Gay And Lesbian Award (GALA)for her lgbt activism in 2015, she was also awarded ‘Tatler woman of the Year’ 2015 and recently, Dublin City University awarded her an Almuni Special Achievement Award in 2017 for her work on LGBT rights and marriage equality in the Yes Equality campaign.

Helen Kennedy – Canada

Helen Kennedy, became Egale’s Executive Director in 2007. She is the first woman to hold the position. She joined the organization with 22 years of experience in politics both as an elected city councillor and a political staffer. Helen’s work includes the Climate Survey on Homophobia and Transphobia in Canadian Schools, the first national survey of its kind in Canada, and provides critical findings on bullying to schools, educators and governments. She has delivered training to Immigration Refugee Adjudicators and police services across Canada and at the invitation of the US Department of Defence, consulted with senior Pentagon officials in Washington on the US military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. She is Co-Secretary General of ILGA World, the International Gay, Lesbian, Trans and Intersex Association. Helen is also a member of the Ontario Premier’s Roundtable on Violence Against Women. This Roundtable advises the government on emerging issues of gendered violence.dered violence.

Hiker Chiu - Taiwan, OII Chinese founder, Intersex Asia co-chair

Hiker Chiu is the founder of the Oii-Chinese the first intersex website and organization for Chinese speaking intersex community, based in Taiwan since 2008. Hiker is the first intersex activist who came out in Taiwan to raise intersex awareness in a positive way publicly by initiating the “Global Free Hugs with Intersex Movement” in the 8th Taipei Pride Parade 2010. Hiker initiated “Intersex Asia” on Facebook to gather and incubate new intersex activists from Asia since 2013. Two years later Hiker called for the first Asian intersex activists gathering in the ILGA Asia Taipei and was elected as the first intersex co-chair of ILGA ASIA. 2018 Intersex Asia Network was established officially during the First Asian Intersex Forum and Hiker Chiu was selected as the co-chair.

HlaMyat Tun - Myanmar

Hla Myat Tun is one of several LGBT activists that openly challenged prejudices and discriminatory practices in Myanmar, demanding equality and acceptance of LGBT persons across Myanmar society. He is leading the LGBTI organization Colors Rainbow and co-founded Myanmar’s inaugural LGBT film festival “&PROUD,” that aimed to create more space for the LGBT community and constructive conversations and engagement among the broader public. He has been working with the Ministry of Education for inclusion of SOGIE in formal education setting, and has been collaborating with lawyers, parliamentarians for legal reform to protect LGBT people in Myanmar.

Joel Bedos – France

Joel has been the main facilitator for more than 10 years of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, building it into one of the main global annual landmarks of LGBTQI+ advocacy. 
Out of this expertise, and his 20 years of campaigning for global justice for Oxfam and Actionaid, Joel developed in 2015 the Sogicampaigns project. Joel specialises in communications, narrative building, framing and values-based approaches.
He got married to his partner in 2014, shortly after France legalised same-sex marriage. He shares co-parenting of his teenage daughter with a Lesbian couple. Joel is passionate about mountain trekking, modern dance, movies, good time spent with friends and, well, creative campaigning.

Juan Pigot – Suriname

As a local LGBT activist, Juan has been organising many events in Suriname, from Pride marches to IDAHOT events, film festivals, etc. His current main engagement is with PAREA, a network of LGBT professionals in the country. As such, he has been involved in international work on workplace equality.

Justin Francis Bionat - Phillipines

Justin Francis is currently the Regional Coordinator of  Youth Voices Count,
a network focused on young key affected populations and other sexual and
gender minorities. Youth Voices Count advocates for Sexual and
Reproductive Health in the Asia-Pacific Region for young gay, bisexual
and other Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) populations, as well as other,
young LGBTQ identities. He is a fellow of the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum
at 20 years old. He is the founder of the Iloilo Pride Team, a
community-based organization in Iloilo City. Philippines that organizes
events across the region that focuses mainly on addressing the key
issues of the LGBT community. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political
Science from West Visayas State University, Philippines and is currently
pursuing his Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from
Mahidol University, Thailand.

Kevin Truong - USA

Kevin Truong is a documentary photographer, filmmaker, and journalist. He first received recognition for his work with the Gay Men Project, a photo project in which he has documented the lives of gay and queer men across 37 countries. He also regularly contributes stories to NBC Out at NBC News, where he has covered a range of topics including the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the LGBTQ movement in Vietnam, and the fight for marriage equality in Australia. His work has been recognized internationally, including by the Huffington Post, Complex: Art and Design, Fast Company, iD Magazine (Spain), Le Monde (France), and OGlobo (Brazil).

Kristi Pinderi – Albania

Kristi is a lead LGBT activist in Albania and brings extensively knowledge of the region to the advisory board, as well as creative campaigning skills..

Lana Gobec - Slovenia

Lana joined Legebitra in January 2015 and was actively involved in advocacy efforts surrounding adoption of Marriage Equality amendment in spring 2015 and later in the Marriage Equality referendum campaign in December 2015. Afterwards she was involved in broader advocacy project within which “Kaj pa ti opaziš?” (“What do you notice?”) campaign was created. Before joining Legebitra she interned for a European Parliament MP and was active in the liberal political youth section.

Linh NgoLePhuong- Viet nam

Program Officer of ICS Center – a NPO working in promoting diversity and equality for LGBTI people in Vietnam. She has experience in organizing VietPride, biggest annual event of LGBTI community nationwide. She is also a YSEALI alumni and a member of Vietnam LGBTQ Leadership Development program. Currently, Linh leads Work with Pride – the first initiative that promote Workplace Equality in Vietnam. She increases the engagement of private sectors in the LGBTI movement through building the fundamental relationships. She is raising participation of LGBTI community in governmental discussions of Labor Code Amendment. She also works in the task force to lead Equal Marriage movement in Vietnam.

Mamikon Hovsepyan - Armenia

Mamikon is an LGBTQ activist and a Human Rights Defender living and working in Armenia. He started his activism in 2002. In 2007 Mamikon and three friends founded PINK Armenia, the leading LGBTQ organization in the country. Currently the Executive Director of PINK Armenia, Mamikon advocates for LGBTQ community empowerment, human rights protections at national and international levels.
Mamikon holds a degree in sociology, and a Masters Degree in Human Rights and Democratization. He specializes in health, human rights, and gender issues. In 2017 he received a Bob Hepple Equality Award for his work in advancing LGBT rights in Armenia. Mamikon is also a board member of such prominent organizations as Human Rights House Yerevan and GALAS based in Los Angeles, and has been working for 20 years for LGBTQ people in Armenia and Diaspora.

Maria Rachid - Argentina

María Rachid is the head of the Institute against Discrimination of the Ombudsman office of the City of Buenos Aires, was a legislator of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires for the Frente para la Victoria party from 2011 to 2015, and president of the Commission on Human Rights, Guarantees and Anti-discrimination.
She was vice president of the National Institute against Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racism (INADI), Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of the Nation from 2010 to 2011. She proposed and coordinated the first National Sexual Diversity Program. She was one of the founders of La Fulana, in 1998, a community center for lesbian and bisexual women. She was the first president of the FALGBT (Argentine Federation of  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans). From there she was in charge of the campaign for equal marriage in Argentina and was co-author of the equal marriage and gender identity laws, as well as laws that are currently being debated in the Argentine National Congress, including the new Anti-discrimination law.

Mariano Ruiz – Argentina

Mariano Ruiz has been in constant contact with activists from the region, advising, guiding, and supporting campaigns and projects for the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. In addition, Mariano had been working as a volunteer with the Argentinian Federation for Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals (FALGBT) since 2007. As from September 2016 he was named responsible for the International Affairs secretariat. Since may 2016 he is also the communications officer for the Latin America and Caribbean Trans Network (REDLACTRANS).

Marko Jurcic – Croatia

Marko has been involved in LGBTIQ movement in Western Balkan region since 2002, taking part in various queer and left-wing grass-roots organizations and networks, including Zagreb Pride, a Croatian queer-feminist and anti-fascist organization, where he held executive roles in advocacy and campaigning.  In addition, he co-founded two large national activists’ coalitions pertaining to the most significant advocacy activities since the establishment of the Croatian LGBTIQ movement 25 ago: the advocacy campaign for same-sex partnership legislation (2014) and the referendum campaign for voting against constitutional amendment initiated by the Catholic Church and alter-right in Croatia (2013).

Maurice Tomlinson – Jamaica

Maurice Tomlinson is a Jamaican lawyer and senior policy analyst with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. He is counsel and/or claimant in cases challenging anti-gay laws before the most senior tribunals in the Caribbean, authors reports to international agencies on the human rights situation for LGBTI people in this region, conducts judicial and police LGBTI sensitization trainings, and facilitates human rights documentation and advocacy capacity-building exercises.
In 2012, Maurice received the inaugural David Kato Vision and Voice Award, which recognizes individuals who defend human rights and the dignity of LGBTI people around the world.

Michael Barron - Ireland

He is the Founding Director of both BeLonG To, Ireland’s national LGBTI youth rights organisation, and EQUATE, a children’s rights organisation advocating for equality in education. He has worked with and on behalf young people nationally and internationally for twenty years.

During his time at BeLonG To he directed the development of a national network of LGBT supports and successfully advocated for significant policy and legislative change in the areas of children and young people, education, bullying, mental health, drug use and equality. His work has often focused on the intersections of identities, including strategies to support LGBTI refugees and migrants. He’s a seasoned public campaigner (on and off-line) and has directed campaigns on LGBTI awareness, anti-violence and freedom of religion and beliefs. Michael has written extensively on Equality and Human Rights and was awarded person of the year at the Gay and Lesbian Awards (GALA), the UCC LGBT Human Rights Award and the Irish USA Distinguished Leader Award (2015).

Monica Leonardo - Guatemala

Mónica Leonardo is a Guatemalan attorney who practices human rights law. Her professional, academic and voluntary services and activities focus on transgender rights, rule of law and civil society. She holds a Master of Laws degree from Georgetown University, where she attended as a Fulbright Scholar and is a proud alumna of Pearson College UWC. She is a Salzburg Global LGBT Forum Fellow.

Midnight Poonkasetwattana – Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health

Midnight is the executive director of APCOM. Founded in 2007, APCOM is a coalition of members – governments, UN partners, non-profits and community based organisations – from Asia and the Pacific. It aims to advocate on, highlight and prioritise HIV issues that affect the lives of men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people.

Neil Goodwin - South Africa

Neil is an activist, film-maker and writer.

He studied documentary film making at the London College of Printing.  In 1991, he co-directed the documentary Operation Solstice about the Battle of the Beanfield for Channel 4.

Throughout the 90’s he was a video activist and road protester, involved in the No M11 Campaign, Newbury and Reclaim the Streets and wrote articles for The New Statesman, The Guardian, and Squall Magazine about environmental protest and DIY Culture.

Since 2006, he has been a mime activist, dressing up as Charlie Chaplin (Charlie X) in Cape Town and London and pulling funny faces outside the wrong places – campaigning against corruption and state secrecy, and for human rights and cultural diversity.

He lived in South Africa for nearly ten years.  Throughout 2015 / 2016, he was the Human Rights officer at the Scalabrini Centre in Cape Town, an outreach centre for refugees and asylum seekers, running a number of campaigns back to back, including the Let’s Face It Campaign.

He now lives in London, and continues campaigning on a number of fronts.

Niluka Perera - Sri Lanka

Niluka is a gay activist from Sri Lanka working as the regional coordinator of Global Fund Advocates Network Asia-Pacific (GFAN AP), a platform of community and civil society advocates for a fully funded Global Fund. He was previously coordinating Youth Voices Count, a network of young LGBTQ+ people in Asia and the Pacific.  Niluka also currently serves as a member of the Global platform to fast track the HIV and human rights responses among gay, bisexual men and other men who have sex with men convened by MSMGF and UNAIDS as well as a member of the Community, Rights and Gender advisory group of Global Fund.

Otieno Peter Odongo - Kenya

From 2017 to Dec 2019, Otieno P. Odongo served as Kenya Project Officer for Astraea Lesbian Foundation’s Strategic Communications Project implemented in partnership with 8 LGBTIQ grantee organizations in Kenya. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Odongo worked with a number of LGBTIQ organizations drawn from Western region of Kenya to deliver tailor made services. To share his learnings with the world, Mr. Odongo has published books which include: “Nurturing Brilliance, how to help your child excel in school and succeed in life” and “The Essentials of Success, a guide book to help you think creatively and remember more”.

Pamela Adie - Nigeria

Pamela is a Communications professional, serves as the Executive Director at the nonprofit, The Equality Hub, an LGBTQ Rights advocate, a bitter feminist, and a filmmaker.
She led the successful global campaign to stop notorious American pastor, Steven Anderson from entering South Africa to spread hate against LGBTQI people.
As a  2018 Obama Foundation Leader, Pamela believes knowledge should be shared and has trained many human rights advocates across the African continent on digital campaigning and advocacy.
Pamela is an MBA graduate from Webster University, and earned a Masters in Non-Profit Management from the University of Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Rahman - Bangladesh

Rahman is a human rights defender based in Bangladesh. With the expertise to use the digital and art medium as advocacy tools, he is working to sensitize the society on gender diversity and sexual orientation.

Ron Schlittler – American Psychological Association

Ron Schlittler currently works for the American Psychological Association’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns Office as Program Coordinator. The role includes both domestic and international responsibilities. Prior to that, he worked at the local, state and national levels of the LGBT rights movement for nearly 20 years including 10 years at the national office of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays in Washington, DC, with positions raging from Field Coordinator to Interim Executive Director. He earned his Master of International Policy and Practice with an emphasis in international human rights law in 2009.

Ryan Silverio - Philippines / Asia Region

Ryan V. Silverio is the current Regional Coordinator of the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus. He has been involved in LGBTIQ activism in the Philippines for more than a decade where he helped organized pride marches in Metro Manila and conducted human rights education with youth activists. He has worked with human rights and child rights organizations. His activism extends into the academe in his capacity as Senior Lecturer at the Department of International Studies of Miriam College in the Philippines where he teaches courses on gender, human rights and social research. He has co-authored publications focusing on children’s right to participation in ASEAN, human rights education, and migration and ICT. Ryan holds a Master of Arts in Human Rights degree obtained from Mahidol University, Thailand.

Sanjay Sharma - Nepal

Sanjay has been a central activist to the Nepalese LGBTI Movement since 2003. He is currently the Program Director of Blue Diamond Society, Nepal’s largest non-governmental organization working for LGBT rights. He also founded the Federation of Sexual and Gender Minorities Nepal, which is the national network of all LGBTI rights organizations. His skills and expertise lie in running advocacy campaigns, organizing workshops and conferences, sensitizing and creating public awareness.

Sih-Cheng (Sean) Du - Taiwan

Sih-Cheng Du is the Director of Policy Advocacy of Taiwan Tongzhi (LGBTQ+) Hotline Association. He has a master’s degree in Sociology from National Taiwan University. He is also the Board Member of Persons with HIV/AIDS Rights Advocacy Association of Taiwan. Among many other achievements, he is one of the key members in the cross-organizational advocacy team for marriage equality in Taiwan, responsible for organizing large events, participating in legislature lobbying, mobilizing the community and connecting resources, which has lead Taiwan to become the first country in Asia to achieve Marriage Equality

Shale Ahmed – Bangladesh

Shale works with the Bangladeshi organisation Bandhu Social Society Welfare, which supports sexual health and welfare of sexual and gender minorities in the country. He brings expertise of working in an extremely difficult context and with muslim religious communities.

Taya Gerasimova - Ukraine

Taya is an informational coordinator of Ukrainian’s LGBTQ NGO Insight and the editor-in-chief of edutament website for young people about sexuality and gender update.com.ua. She is in activism for more then 10 years. Before she began working with NGO, she held positions from a journalist to a deputy editor-in-chief in major mass media of the country. The spectrum of skills and interests include: communication strategy for NGOs, informational campaign development, content creating and distribution

Tamara Adrian – Venezuela

Tamara is a lawyer and law professor, and has been a Trans activist in Venezuela, across Latin America and globally for many years. She has been working extensvely on legal reforms in Venezuela and the region. She has published extensively in several languages on the legal aspects of sexual orientation and gender identity. She is female co-president for International Lesbian Gay Transgender Law Association ILGALaw.

Toni Reis – Brazil

Toni Reis is the former President of the Brazilian LGBT federation ABGLT, a national umbrella organisation uniting 203 organisation and conducting information, lobbying, advocacy and campaigning activities. ABGLT has amongst many other achievements successfully lobby President Lula to officially recognize the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia in Brazil.

Vreer Verkerke – Transgender Europe

Vreer is a Transgender activist from the Netherlands

Wiktor Dynarski – Poland

PhD student at Warsaw University Institute of Applied Social Sciences, a trans*activist (within Poland and internationally, especially in Central Eastern Europe), author, researcher, blogger.
Freelance trainer and lecturer on trans issues, trans human rights, trans Polish history and internal NGO management.
Wiktor’s longest work experience was the time they spent at Trans-Fuzja Foundation, Poland’s first trans NGO. They became its volunteer in 2008, joined the board in 2009 and served as its Vice-President, became the International Affairs Officer in 2012 and settled as the President and Executive Director in June 2014. Wiktor left the presidential position as well as the organization in January 2017.
Between 2010 and 2014 Wiktor served as a Steering Committee member and later Co-chair of Transgender Europe – the European Network of trans organizations working for human rights of trans and gender variant people. Between 2013 and 2015 they served as a member (later also chair) of the Control Committee of TransFúzia, Slovakia’s first trans* association and between 2014 and 2016 as a member of Control Committee at Miłość Nie Wyklucza (Love Does Not Exclude), an organization working for marriage equality in Poland.

Wiktor Dynarski is now in New York as a program officer with the Open Society Public Health Program, where they focus on trans and intersex health and rights

Xin Ying - China

Ying Xin (Iron) is the executive director of the Beijing LGBT Center in China, where she started the LGBT affirmed psychologists’ training and initiated the first national survey on social attitudes towards sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. She also initiated China’s first trans gender hotline and LGBT affirming psychologists network. Ying is the co-curator of China women’s film festival and co-founder of guerrilla salon – a feminist salon in Beijing. Ying is a Fellow of the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum

Xiaogang Wei – China

DrXiaogang Wei is the founder of the LGBT webcast Queer Comrades, and the Executive Director of the Beijing Gender Health Education Institute (BGHEI) which houses the webcast Queer Comrades. Founded in 2002, it constitutes one of the first Chinese NGOs to focus on issues of gender, sexuality and sexual health, thus fulfilling a pioneering role in Chinese society. He is also the curator of the Beijing Queer Film Festival for 2015 and 2016 and a board member of the Beijing LGBT Centre.  And a member of Technical Advisory Group of the UNDP “Being LGBTI in Asia” program.

Nguyen Hai Yen - Viet Nam

Yen identifies herself as a queer women and has been engaging in lesbian grassroots activism since 2004. She worked in ICS Center, the organization of LGBTQ community in Viet Nam from 2008 to December 2017 as its Program director. She initiated and organized leadership programs and capacity/advocacy building workshops to young and student activists, and maintained relations with stakeholders including local LGBTIQ communities, youth allies, researchers, education sector, partners and donors, regional and global LGBTIQ organizations. She is very enthusiastic with building bridges among grassroots communities that work on diverse topics including mental health, gender equality, education, environment, etc., From 2018, she entirely works on feminist movement building with the focus on LBTQ community empowerment. She tries to learn new things, being more critical and strategic, and thriving to use feminist approach in every decision making.