Grant Making Panel

The Grant Making Panel (GMP) is made up of 12 trans activists from across the globe with diverse expertise who review applications and select grantees.


 Max Appenroth

Max is a trans* activist and researcher from Berlin, Germany. He has engaged in trans* activism and advocated for the trans* community for the past 8 years. He is currently a doctoral student at the Institute of Public Health in Berlin and the main focus of his activism and work is in research is around the access to health care for trans* people (especially for those who belong to further marginalized groups) in Western Europe and the United States. He is also a lecturer for students in Social Work in Berlin and he teaches a class about queer-sensitive Social Work.

 Jack Byrne 

Jack is a trans man from Aotearoa / New Zealand and has been a community activist since 1981, initially within lesbian and then queer communities, before transitioning in 2002. His passion is intersectional coalition politics and he has been active on projects to reduce violence, poverty and homelessness and that promote the rights of workers, people with disabilities, and indigenous people. Jack co-founded an online support network for trans men in New Zealand and is part of the team working on the Aotearoa New Zealand Trans and Gender Diverse Health Survey. He works closely with the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) and been involved in GATE’s international campaigns on depathologization and funding for trans movements. From 2005-2014, he worked at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and project managed their Transgender Inquiry. Jack is now a self-employed human rights researcher and has created trans resources for activists, human rights institutions, health professionals, and United Nations and government agencies.

 Alex Rodrigo Castillo Hernández

Alex is a transsexual man, born in Guatemala City. Alex founded the first group of trans men in Central America, Trans-Formation and started to strengthen leadership in Central America. He is also the President of the Central American Network of Trans Men which has created a  movement throughout the region and they have recently started working with independent leaders from Cuba and the Dominican Republic. In addition to Alex’s human rights work, he is a professional administrator and husband, father, and grandfather.
 Claudia Vásquez Haro

Claudia is the President of OTRANS Argentina and Federal Trans Convocation and Transvestite of Argentina. She is the General Coordinator of the TLGBI Organizations Front of the Province of Buenos Aires. She was the first trans migrant woman to receive her ID with her self-perceived identity in a public ceremony headed by Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. In 2016, she was part of the coalition that represented Argentina in the presentation of the first report on the human rights situation of trans and transvestites before the UN CEDAW Committee. Since 2012, she has worked in the press area of ​​the Human Rights Secretariat of the Argentine Nation, and is an assistant professor of the Human Rights Chair of the FPyCS-UNLP, where she is also in charge of the Observatory of Communication, Gender and Diversity with perspective in Human Rights and is the head of the Directorate of Sexual Diversity in the School of Social Communication. She graduated from the Faculty of Journalism and Social Communication (FPyCS) of the National University of La Plata (UNLP) and is currently a PhD student.

 Carter Honorée

Carter is a trans man from Rwanda. He is a public advocate for LBT (lesbians, bisexual women and transgender) persons and has been involved in the Rwandan LGBTI community since 2008. He currently works as the Program Officer of RIFA (Right for all) which is an organization based in Kigali that works for improved health, rights and protection for lesbian and bisexual women, transgender persons and female sex workers in Rwanda. Some of his other work includes coordination and facilitating a focus group discussion and interviews with intersex, trans and gender nonconforming individuals for research being conducted by UHAI EASHRI (East African Sexual Human Rights Initiative). He has been a part of the Task Force team that was in charge of developing the theme and agenda of the Changing Faces Changing Spaces (CFCS) 5th and 6th conference (Pan African LGBTIGNC event). He holds a bachelor degree in Accounting/Management and Economic and has completed a master’s course in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies.

 Beyonce Karungi

Beyonce Karungi is a passionate transgender woman/sex work rights activist/human rights defender and a queer feminist from Uganda. She started doing activism in 2009 and currently works with Key Affected Populations (KAPs). She has an extensive and profound experience in doing advocacy around Trans* and gender equity issues and is the Executive Director of Transgender Equality Uganda (TEU). Beyonce has been involved in advocacy to prevent violence against women and girls, support sex and sexuality in youth programming on the national level and promoting young people, including queer youth, to access friendly SRHR services through public education. She has also worked with the International Reference Group on Trans* in partnership with UNDP, UNFPA UNAIDS, PEPFAR, The Global Fund USAID to develop the comprehensive HIV and STIs programs with transgender people.

 Sanjar Kurmanov

Sanjar is a trans activist who works in partnership with a team of trans-allies on the legal recognition of gender in Kyrgyzstan. He is the Executive Director of the Kyrgyz LGBT organization Labrys and a member of the Trans Coalition in the Post-Soviet space. He is doing monitoring of violations of trans rights, discrimination and violence against trans people in Central Asia. He works to develop trans movements at the regional level by mobilizing trans communities.

 Karishma Kwofie

Karishma is a transgender woman and a Positive activist living with the virus and working for the visibility of transgender people in Liberia. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Transgender Network of Liberia and works to raise the visibility of the trans community in West Africa. She is also passionate about improving the situation of trans sex workers and those living with HIV. Presently she is serving as the Program Coordinator of West African Trans Forum (WATF). She holds a degree in Management and Public Administration.

 Krisztina Kolos Orban

Krisztina is based in Hungary and has been active in the LGBT movement on the national level since 2005 before the founding of Transvanilla Transgender Association in 2011 and now serves as Vice President. Krisztina joined Transgender Europe’s Steering Committee as Treasurer in 2014 and became Co-Chair in 2017.

 Kemal Ördek

Kemal is a trans and sex workers’ rights defender from Turkey. Being one of the co-founders and currently the advisor of Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Association, Kemal has managed projects on the sexual and reproductive health of trans people and sex workers, anti-violence monitoring and documentation, advocacy for the betterment of the human rights situation of sex worker Syrian refugees, legal and policy reform on sex work and legal and policy-based protection for trans people since 2007. Kemal sits on the steering/management committees of ICRSE and SWAN Foundation, while serving as an advisor to several activist funds (Urgent Action Fund, Astraea Foundation, Red Umbrella Fund). Kemal has provided consultancy to the UNFPA on sex workers’ rights (present), worked for the Global Network of Sex Work Projects between 2012 – 2014 and served as a Steering Committee Member of Transgender Europe (2011 – 2015).

 Alok Vaid-Menon

Alok is a gender non-conforming writer and performance artist based out of New York City with extensive experience organizing with trans and gender non-conforming activists across the world.

 Joe Wong

Joe is the Programme Manager at the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) based in Bangkok, Thailand. Joe has worked across political, traditional and cultural diversities to advocate for trans rights to employment, legal gender recognition, funding, and access to health care for trans people in the region. For the past 7 years in APTN, Joe has lead the organization to global, regional and national levels, and strengthening trans movement to greater visibility, access to rights and trans-specific programming. In 2017, Joe and his team led the first trans regional conference in Asia that brought Government and National Human Rights representatives, programme managers, health providers, development partners, donors and the trans communities together for 3 days of dialogue.

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