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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.
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 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 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.
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.
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