ALTURI WORLD VOICES: Get to know them



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…

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…