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ALTURI WORLD VOICES: Get to know them

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…

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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…

Daniel Martinovic – Rainbow Families, Croatia

Daniel Martinovic is the President of Rainbow Families Croatia, an organization advocating for the protection, improvement of rights, and strengthening of connections between “rainbow families” and the public through education, publishing and…

Haru Ono – Family Rainbow, Japan

Haru Ono is the president of Nijiiro Kazoku (Rainbow Family), an organization that connects and supports LGBTQ+ families across Japan through networking and information sessions. In our interview, Ono shares her mission…

A Talk with Daniel: Trans TI and Inclusiva, Argentina

Daniel is an Argentinian entrepreneur with a career spanning over twenty-five years. Feeling unfulfilled, Daniel felt the “need to do something different with life.” The result of this feeling thus far has…

Herman Gaibe — T9 NSK, Russia

Herman Gaibe is the project manager of T9 NSK, an initiative in Novosibirsk, Russia that aims to increase the acceptance of transgender people in society and, eventually, to create a network of…

David Tasevski — Subversive Front, North Macedonia

David Tasevski is the Executive Director of Subversive Front, an association for sexual and gender minorities based in North Macedonia. In this interview, he discusses the importance of mental health within the…

Mima Simic, Croatia

Mima Simic is an independent LGBTQ activist who “ambushes the audiences in the seemingly non-political spaces” by using various media platforms to push for normalization of queer culture. By Ryan Eakins As…

Lilit Martirosyan – RighT Side: Human Rights Defender, Armenia

Lilit Martirosyan is Armenia’s first registered transgender woman, the first transgender person to speak out against LGBTI discrimination in Armenia’s National Assembly, and the founder of Armenia’s first and only NGO for…

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…