The Grant Making Panel (GMP) is made up of trans activists from across the globe with diverse expertise who review applications and select grantees.
Yael Demedetskaya is a trans woman activist from Russia. In 2004, she established the Foundation Transgender of which she is Director, Projects and Media Coordinator. She has an extensive history of advocacy on trans* rights in Russia including working on improving healthcare access, employment, empowerment, legal and psychological counselling. She conducted one of the first support groups in Russia for trans* people and delivered the first special training sessions for the medical personnel about transgender issues and how to support trans* patients. She has a PhD in mathematics and MSc economics (Moscow State University), specialized in financial analysis with IT and technical background. Yael is also a Senior Researcher in the affiliated Gender Dynamics Research group and published several papers including “Transgender Parenting in Russia”, “Study of self-esteem and quality of life in persons with transgender identity” and studies about the HIV spread among the transgender population in Russia. She also works on HIV prevention programs for trans* people in Russia.
Franco Fuica is a trans feminist activist from Chile of trans-masculine identity and expression. He has developed his activism in trans organizations since his days as a university student, becoming the first trans person to be elected for a position of student political representation in Chile. Franco is one of the founding partners of OTD Chile (Organizing Trans Diversities) as the coordinator of Legislation and Public Policy, from where he has led efforts to obtain a Gender Identity Law in Chile. He is part of the LGBTTTI Coalition of the Organization of American States where he advocates in different areas of the Inter-American System. Since 2017, he is part of the Regional Council of International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association for Latin America and the Caribbean (ILGA LAC). He is one of the founders of ULTrans (Latin American Union of trans masculinities and people assigned to female gender at birth) and serves as Co President of the Civil Society of the Equal Rights Coalition.
Mikee Inton is an academic and an activist currently serving on the Board of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association (ILGA World) as a representative of the Global Trans Secretariat. She is also a board member of the Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP), the first trans-centered support group and advocacy organization in the country. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Cultural Studies at Lingnan University under the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate programs and courses on Gender Studies, Film and Media Studies, and Feminism. Her research interests include trans representations in film and other popular forms of entertainment, as well as trans-oriented healthcare and decolonizing genders.
Islèm Mejri is an intersectional LGBTQI+ activist. They previously worked with the Tunisian organization Mawjoudin (We Exist) and were a board member and Project Coordinator for the Tunisian Coalition for LGBTQI+ rights. Islèm is the Regional Coordinator in Africa & the Middle East for Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT). They have also been developing multiple projects and activities to promote a healthy culture of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression and Sex Characteristic (SOGIESC). They have joined ITPC-MENA recently as the Global Fund MENA Platform Manger. Additionally, they are a professional trainer and facilitator. As a psychology graduate and recognized LILO counsellor, Islèm has been using their knowledge in Psychology to provide counselling to LGBTQI+ individuals who are victims of violence and violations to help them start their healing journey.
Isa Noyola is a translatina activist, a national leader in LGBT immigrant rights movement, and the Deputy Director at the Transgender Law Center. She also works extensively for the release of transgender women from ICE detention and an end to deportations. She is a part of the advisory boards of El/La para Translatinas and Familia: Trans, Queer Liberation movement. She helped lead and organize the first ever national trans anti-violence convening that brought together over 100 activists, mostly trans women of color, to address the epidemic of violence that trans communities are facing. Isa is passionate about building the leadership of transgender communities. She is leading programatic strategies to help build a pipeline through the creation of trainings & leadership gatherings to share advocacy tools and strategies. Isa believes that a stronger and more vibrant transgender community is possible when we abolish oppressive systems that criminalize all of our communities especially trans and queer immigrant communities of color.
Joe Wong is a trans masculine advocate born in Singapore. As the Executive Director of Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), he provides overall leadership and management and leads the organization to achieve its strategic goals. In his time in APTN, Joe pushed for trans masculine inclusion to the network resulting in the increased visibility and inclusivity of trans masculine people and their issues in the region. His experience includes advocating for trans men’s sexual and reproductive health rights and consulting with communities and health providers to help develop and implement best practice standards for trans people. He has supported nascent groups financially and technically, implementing a sub-granting mechanism to reach nascent groups. Prior to joining APTN, he spent 4 years at Action for AIDS Singapore where he managed the MSM and trans HIV/ AIDS programs. He has also served in advisory roles and leadership roles for many organizations and is currently the Advisor to the Astraea Foundation and Urgent Action Fund Asia Pacific.
Diane Marie Rodríguez Zambrano
Diane Marie Rodríguez Zambrano is a transfeminist, transmother, activist, a psychologist and Master’s candidate in gender and development at the FLACSO of Ecuador. She is the founder of
several groups in her country, such as the Silhouette X Association. She is currently the President of the Ecuadorian Federation of LGBTI Organizations. In order to boost the political
participation of trans populations in 2017, she was chosen as the first openly transexual candidate for a popularly elected position. She developed other campaigns such as: the persecution and closure of de-homosexualization and de-transexualization clinics through the “Tiempo de Igualdad” 2013 campaign, the recognition of the Homosexual Fact Union in 2013, the legal demand
against a television channel for the incitement to hatred against trans women in 2014, Gender in ID Card for trans people in 2015 and Reports of Trans murders in Ecuador from 2013 to date. She is one of the most visible advocates of diversity in Ecuador.
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