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ALTURI WORLD VOICES: Get to know them

The Team of Maribor Pride — Maribor Youth Cultural Center, Slovenia

Since 2014, the Maribor Youth Cultural Center has been supporting young LGBTQ+ people via the Maribor through Pink Glasses program. I spoke with the team behind Maribor’s first Pride, held in 2019,…

Masen Davis – Transgender Europe

Masen Davis is a world-renowned leader in LGBTQ and human rights. He has led countless initiatives for LGBTQ rights in North America, Europe, and Central Asia. Currently, he is the Executive Director…

Mohamed Ali (Dali) Aguerbi – Documentarian, Malta

Mohamed Ali (Dali) Aguerbi created the documentary, ‘Rainbow Bridge’, about LGBTI migrants. He is an activist who is also working for a non-profit in Malta, MGRM. By Savita Sukul Dali came to…

Isaac Blake — Romani Cultural & Arts Company, Wales

Isaac Blake is the founder and executive director of the Romani Cultural & Arts Company based in Cardiff, Wales. A proud gay Romani Gypsy, he organized the United Kingdom’s first international LGBTQ+…

Ivan Dimov- Single Step, Bulgaria

Ivan Dimov, founder, and chairman of Single Step Bulgaria, bore witness to a powerful story that changed his life forever. “Six years ago, I was back in Bulgaria on vacation. I was…

Predrag Azdejkovic – Optimist Magazine, Serbia

Founded in 2011, Optimist is a bi-monthly publication in Belgrade, Serbia that aims to provide positive visibility and awareness of the LGBTI community. I spoke with founder Predrag Azdejkovic to learn more…

Lilly Dragoeva – Bilitis Foundation, Bulgaria

Lilly Dragoeva is the Executive Director of Bilitis Foundation, the oldest active LGBTI organization in Bulgaria.  Her work experience includes diverse leadership roles, social analysis, and research, and over 15 years of…

ARBËR KODRA – OPEN MIND SPECTRUM ALBANIA (OMSA)

Arbër Kodra, executive director of Open Mind Spectrum Albania (OMSA), is a well-known activist across Albania and worldwide. As a leader of one of the oldest LGBTI organizations in his country, he…

Egor Teryannikov and Ruslan Savolainen — QueerFest, Russia

This year, St. Petersburg will host the 13th edition of QueerFest, a cultural festival that raises issues of human rights, identities, gender, and sexuality. I spoke with Egor Teryannikov and Ruslan Savolainen…

Alla Chikinda — Resource Center for LGBT, Russia

Alla Chikinda is the PR and Communications Manager at the Resource Center for LGBT [people] in Yekaterinburg, Russia, an organization with the mission to create a respecting, friendly, and accepting environment for…

Eli Rigatuso – Two Spirit of the Menominee Nation

Eli Rigatuso is a queer transmasculine Two Spirit of the Menominee Nation, video producer and director who advocates for inclusive spaces for the LGBTQIA2S+ community. By Savita Sukul “I think I started…

Daniyar Sabitov & Anatoly Chernoussov, Kazakhstan

Launched in 2017, Kok.team was the first LGBTI mass media in Kazakhstan and the first website to publish LGBTI content in the Kazakh language. I spoke with the two co-founders, Anatoly Chernoussov…