Jean Elie Gasana (43) is a Christian LGBTI activist from Rwanda. A co-founder of the LGBTI organization Other Sheep Rwanda, he works for human rights in his homeland, especially those of LGBTI people in Rwanda and the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Dragana Todorovic (41) is a lesbian feminist activist from Serbia who has been working for human rights and gender equality for more than 20 years. She is the initiator and executive director of the LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey (ERA).
Andriy Maymulakhin (52) is an LGBTI activist from Ukraine and founder of the LGBT Human Rights Nash Mir Center. In the 1990s he was one of the first activists in Ukraine to launch the gay and lesbian movement.
Cesnabmihilo Dorothy Nuhu-Aken’Ova (58) is a Nigerian linguist and feminist who began working for women’s, youth and LGBTI rights in her homeland in the mid-1990s. She is the executive director of the International Centre for Sexual Reproductive Rights (INCRESE), which she founded in 2000. Her motivation: “I do not like injustice, and I have zero tolerance for all violations of human rights!”
Mauri Balanta Jaramillo (34) is a human rights activist from Columbia. In all of her work – not only as a social scientist and filmmaker but also as director of communications and information management for Casa Cultural El Chontaduro in the eastern part of Cali – she promotes equal rights for different ethnic groups and political emancipation for Black youth, women and LGBTIQ+ people.
Ali Bousselmi (33) is a human rights activist from Tunisia. He is a co-founder and executive director of the Mawjoudin organisation, which promotes equality for LGBTQI+ and other marginalised groups.
Intersex bodies are abused, studied, tested and “corrected”
Julius Kaggwa is an intersex and trans activist in Uganda. He directs the organization “Support Initiative for People with Atypical Sex Development” (SIPD Uganda), which seeks to sustainably change the attitudes toward intersex people. Born in the Kibuye part of Kampala in Uganda, he is a practicing Christian raising four children together with his wife.
Mikhail (Misha) Tumasov (46) is an activist for LGBTQ+ human rights from Russia. He dreamed of becoming a priest. But as a gay man, he was compelled to take another path. Today he works with e.g. the Russian LGBT Network.
Monica Tabengwa (51) is a human-rights activist from Botswana. She grew up with seven siblings and a single mother, became a lawyer and has spent decades working for LGBTIQ+ rights, including with Pan Africa ILGA and Human Rights Watch.