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ALTURI WORLD VOICES: Get to know them

Tomas Diafas — Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival, Greece

Tomas Diafas is the founder of the Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival. This grassroots initiative aims to alter deeply entrenched misconceptions and prejudices toward the LGBTQ+ community through artistic and cultural practices. Here,…

Aritha Wickramasinghe — Equality Director at iProbono, Sri Lanka

Aritha Wickramasinghe is the Equality Director at iProbono, a globally focused civil society organization that provides legal aid to marginalized individuals and advocates for social equity. Born in Sri Lanka, Aritha earned…

Political Candidate Leads Attack at Rainbow Hub in Bulgaria

Note from Alturi: This piece serves as an update from an earlier profile, Lilly Dragoeva - Bilitis Foundation, Bulgaria. A follow-up to amplify the voices in Bulgaria is due to recent events…

Alvar ​​Ameljushenko — Tallinn Bearty, Estonia

Founded in 2015, Tallinn Bearty is the only festival of bear culture in the Baltic region. I spoke to Alvar ​​Ameljushenko, the co-founder and organizer of the festival, to learn more about…

Dervish Taskiranlar — Queer Cyprus Association

The Queer Cyprus Association (QCA) is a civil society movement located in the northern part of Cyprus that aims to create a world in which individuals do not face discrimination based on…

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…