#REALLIFEHEROES

In honour of World Humanitarian Day, the 42 Degrees Library is celebrating Real Life Heroes this 19 August. People and communities with diverse SOGIESC are often thought of only in their capacity as ‘vulnerable persons.’ But we are so much more. People and communities with diverse SOGIESC have built far-reaching support networks through formal and informal means, and engage in constant advocacy and activism. We carry-out small and big acts of heroism in our everyday lives: whether we’re leading the way on policy development at the UN or creating our own responses to the Mt Merapi eruption, Tropical Cyclone Winston, or flooding in the Philippines, diverse SOGIESC people and communities are continually working to improve the lives and experiences of those around us. This page compiles resources from Real Life Heroes in the diverse SOGIESC inclusion movement: research reports conducted by and for diverse SOGIESC communities; interviews with diverse SOGIESC activists and practitioners; Think Pieces and Topical Papers by experts in diverse SOGIESC inclusion; and other other resources that demonstrate the heroism of our community. Let’s thank the Real Life Heroes among us, and remember that heroes come in all genders and sexual orientations.

ACTIVIST INTERVIEWs

Organising in the Face of Adversity: Interview with Real Life Hero Ajeng

One of our diverse SOGIESC #RealLifeHeroes is Ajeng Kartika, one of the founders of Esbisquet. Esbisquet, a collective of LBQ & Trans community at Palangkaraya (Central Borneo, Indonesia), was established in respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Esbisquet envisions that their basic needs (food, shelter, WASH and livelihood) will be fulfilled and they will be able to adapt and bounce back from the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. At present, apart from COVID-19 response, Esbisquet is active...

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...

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...

Diverse SOGIESC Heroes in Action

The Impact of the Earthquake, and Relief and Recovery P...

Unjust, Unequal, Unstoppable: Fiji Lesbians, Bisexual W...

The Rainbow Group in Mae La camp

Stepping Up: Ensuring sexual and gender minorities are ...

No Rainbow, No Integration: LGBTQI+ Refugees in Hiding

No Place For People Like You: An Analysis of the Needs,...

Gender identity and disaster response in Nepal

Psychological Resilience and Flooding: The Case of Teen...

Lost in the Chaos: LGBTI People in Emergencies

Contributors

Celebrating Intersex Awareness Day

This Think Piece by Lana Woolf highlights the importance of critical con...

Education for all: Exploring the imperative for in...

This Think Piece is by Edge Effect intern Anna Wiseman explores the nece...

It’s All About Governance: Making Disaster Risk ...

This Think Piece by Elena Robertson, written in honour of International ...

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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...

It’s time to re-examine Refugee Status Determination (RSD) as a protection tool

While persecution on account of sexual orientation or gender identity is grounds for a refugee claim, for refugees with diverse SOGIESC, refugee...

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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...

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