Activist Interviews

The 42 Degrees Library aims to promote the inclusion of people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) in the humanitarian and development systems. This means breaking down the barriers between the humanitarian system and diverse SOGIESC activists and civil society organisations. Part of this transformative agenda is to highlight the work, knowledges, and experiences of diverse SOGIESC activists around the world. This page brings together all of our Activist Interviews: interviews with people engaged in advocacy and rights work, with people who are passionate about their communities, and who can offer important advice to the humanitarian system on how best to engage with diverse SOGIESC communities and civil society. We do this to demonstrate the expertise held by activists and people with diverse SOGIESC–expertise that humanitarian and development actors can (and should!) draw-upon in their work.

ACTIVIST INTERVIEWs

Not being ‘you’ is just a mask: Celebrating Trans Visibility Week with Mitch

Mitch Yusof (he/him) has over 29 years experience in HIV prevention, care & support with trans communities. In 2014, he co-founded SEED FOUNDATION, the first trans-led community based non-profit organization in Malaysia. Working closely with the transgender community in addressing their issues, needs and concerns by providing capacity and skills building and information, advocate on the diverse spectrum under the transgender community and increasing awareness of challenges faced by the communities. Under his tenure...

We deserve human rights: Interview with Emma Yaaka

Emma Yaaka (he/him) is an LGBTIQ+ advocate who has worked to provide medical services and information to LGBTIQ+ refugees in Kenya and the US. In 2015 Emma began working for RefugeePoint as their Ugandan Liaison for the...

The more we are barred, the more visibility we want: Celebrating Trans Visibility Week...

Stephanie Halim (she/her) is an Indonesian trans woman activist. She completed her bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology and then her master’s degree in gender and violence. She co-wrote UNDP’s Being LGBT in Asia-Indonesia Report. Stephanie works to...

Self-reconciliation, self-acceptance: Interview with Khawla

Khawla (she/her) is an advocate with Mawjoudin We Exist for Equality in Tunis. Khawla became an advocate after connecting like-minded people at a community safe space. Khawla began volunteering with Mawjoudin We Exist for Equality and, six...

Understand the discrimination we face: Celebrating Intersex Awareness Day with Small Luk

Small Luk (she/her) is an intersex activist who founded the organisation Beyond Boundaries – Knowing and Concerns Intersex in Hong Kong.  Small has completed her education, earning degrees in social work, and traditional Chinese medicine, as well...

Discovering myself is the first milestone to love myself: Celebrating Intersex Awareness Day with...

Asa Senja (he/him) is an intersex activist with Intersex Asia. Asa was born twice: first as a baby girl, then again as a man over ten years after. To mark his metamorphosis, he changed his name to...

End inequalities through inclusive policy: Celebrating Intersex Awareness Day with Esan Regmi

Esan Regmi (he/him) is an intersex activist working with Campaign for Change in Kathmandu, Nepal. Campaign for Change is Nepal's first and only organisation led by and for intersex people. Esan Regmi is the co-founder and...

Not only the victims of disasters, but also victims of the system: Celebrating International...

Rully Mallay (she/her) is a waria who has experience in environmental activism, disaster response, and other areas of diverse SOGIESC inclusion in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Rully became involved in the waria community when she gave up her comfortable...

What I want is simple and not extravagant: Celebrating Bi-Visibility Day with Riska

Riska (she/her), a bisexual transpuan (another word for waria, akin to transgender woman) works as a property agent on the famous island of Gods, Bali. Apart from a property agent, she is an activist focusing on HIV/AIDS issues...

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Most Popular Resources

The Only Way Is Up: Monitoring and Encouraging Diverse SOGIESC Inclusion in the Humanitarian and DRR Sectors

There is clear evidence that people with diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Expressions, and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC – aka LGBTIQ+ people)...

No such thing as neutral: Understanding the implications of COVID-19 for communities with diverse SOGIE in the Global North

This Think Piece is by Kirsty McKellar, one of Edge Effect’s 2020 interns. Kirsty has recently completed her masters of Development Studies...

“Every Day I Live in Fear” – Violence and Discrimination Against LGBT People in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and Obstacles to Asylum in...

This 162-page report looks at the discrimination and violence experienced by LGBT people from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The report examines their experiences...

Developing Actionable Research Priorities for LGBTI Inclusion

This academic article highlights which areas of research should be prioritised to promote LGBTI inclusion. The article notes the distinct lack of data across...

LGBTI Migrants in Immigration Detention: A Global Perspective

This academic article examines the unique challenges faced by LGBTI migrants in detention centres across the globe. The article looks at international law in...

Nothing About Us Without Us: Diverse SOGIESC Inclusion

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