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ALTURI WORLD VOICES: Get to know them

Thomas Roughan and Zsuzsanna Zsuro — Queer Budapest

Over two days in November 2020, attendees of the Queer Budapest Exhibition were able to explore contemporary queer culture in Budapest through the lens of a curated selection of artists currently operating…

Ali Bousselmi — Mawjoudin, Tunisia

Ali Bousselmi is the co-founder and executive director of Mawjoudin, meaning “We Exist,” a Tunisian-based NGO that works towards achieving equality for the LGBTI community and other marginalized groups and individuals. In…

Sayan Bhattacharya: Memory, Invisibility, and Trans and Hijra Persons in India

Sayan Bhattacharya (they/them) is a Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota, as well as a queer and trans rights activist in India. In this piece we…

Yi Yang: Judicial Activist, Program Officer – LGBT Rights Advocacy, China

Yi Yang is a co-founder and program officer for LGBT Rights Advocacy, an organization that fights for LGBTIQ+ rights through impact litigation supported by a large group of LGBTIQ+ lawyers. In our…

Peter Murimi – Documentary Filmmaker, Kenya

Peter Murimi is a producer and documentary filmmaker whose work is often featured on the BBC. His film, “I am Samuel” follows a queer Kenyan man navigating his identity while struggling with…

Kevin Mwachiro: Author-Podcaster-Journalist, Kenya

Kevin Mwachiro is a man of many talents. He is a published author, podcaster, film festival curator, and former journalist. However, his true passion lies in telling Kenyan stories, specifically queer stories.…

Cracey Fernandes and Candacie McEwan – Guyana Trans United

Cracey Fernandes and Candacie McEwan advocate for education on transgender people in Guyana through the organization, Guyana Trans United. “We believe strongly in changing hearts and minds,” said Candacie. In this article,…

Dr. Frank Mugisha – Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG)

Dr. Frank Mugisha directs Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), an organization in Kampala that focuses on providing services and security to LGBTI Ugandans. Earlier this year, Dr Mugisha spearheaded a research project examining…

Tamara Adrián – Transgender National Assembly Member, Venezuela

Tamara Adrián is a lawyer, professor, and National Assembly Member from Caracas, Venezuela. She is one of the first openly-out transgender LGBTIQ+ elected officials in Venezuela. Ms. Adrián shares her perspectives on…

Lilliya Ten – The Grace, Kyrgyzstan

For the last 10 years, Lillya Ten has been dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of  LGBTQI people in Kyrgyzstan and across Central Asia. She is currently the Executive Director of…

Agapitus Hausiku – Out-Right, Namibia

Agapitus Hausiku is the director of Out-Right Namibia, a Windhoek-based organization focused on championing equality for LGBTI Namibians. In our conversation, Agapitus shares about the ways in which COVID-19 has hurt LGBTI…

Pedro Julio Serrano – Puerto Rico Para Tod@s

Pedro Julio Serrano is the executive director of Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, a nonprofit organization in Puerto Rico that focuses on political movement support for LGBTQI+ people. He shares his story as…