Meet OutRight's 2019 Religion Fellows

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OutRight is excited to announce that we have recruited four activists to engage in our year-long, immersive Religion Fellowship Program. The Fellowship has been made possible by support from the Global Faith and Equality Fund of the Horizons Foundation and is aimed to defend LGBTI people from the impact of religiously motivated violence and discrimination.

The program invests in the LGBTI movement building across Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean by training activists to harness the international system for promoting human rights for LGBTIQ people. The program provides direct experience at UN advocacy and expands the networks across the UN system. Furthermore, it aims to increase visibility and engagement of LGBTI human rights defenders from these regions within high-level UN forums in New York.

The activists will participate in five UN convenings in New York over the coming 12 months: the Commission on the Status of Women, the High-Level Political Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals, UN General Assembly High Level week, OutRight’s annual Week of UN Advocacy and OutRight’s OutSummit Conference.

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Lua Da Mota Stabile is the Director of Institutional and International Relations of the Libertarian Union of Travesti and Trans Women. Lua is a Brazilian trans feminist and activist who identifies as "Travesti" and transgender woman. She has been working and fighting for the human rights of LGBTI people since 2014. Her focus is mainly on promoting and protecting the human rights of trans and gender-diverse people. She is also a consultant for the UN "Free and Equal" campaign. She is a Chevening alumni and has a Master's in Gender and International Relations from the University of Birmingham (UK). While at Birmingham, she researched the political agenda against the so-called "Gender Ideology" in Brazil and on the resistance of Brazilian trans and gender-diverse migrants and sex workers in Europe. Academically, she identifies with decolonial, post-structuralism, trans feminist, and queer perspectives. She also holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University Center of Brasília (Brazil) and has academic, social and professional experience in the areas of international relations, human rights, gender identity, sexuality, criminalization of LGBTI people, asylum, migration and trafficking in persons.

Yvonne Oduor is a feminist who uses their background as a trained journalist to advocate for the human rights of gender and sexual minorities in Kenya. They are currently the Operations Manager at the Gay and lesbian coalition of Kenya (GALCK), a coalition of 16 member organizations that seek to provide a safe and enabling environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Queer persons in Kenya.

At GALCK, they oversee the daily administrative, HR and operational matters of the Secretariat and the GALCK centre. Other than that, they are involved in advocacy programs that touch on Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer Women and Gender Non-Conforming persons at national, regional and international levels. They are also part of a SOGIE research committee that coordinates SOGIE based research on behalf of the LGBQ community and organizations within the coalition.

Yvonne has worked and volunteered with different LGBQ led organizations over the past 8 years. Together with two other amazing humans they founded Because Womxn, a healing justice initiative for Lesbians, Bisexual and Queer womxn and Gender non-conforming people in Kenya.

Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile is a groundbreaking Trans* ARTivist from Botswana. She is a seasoned communications specialist, educator and solution-based thinker with a background in performing arts, education and human rights. An international scholar, she holds an MA in Human Rights, Culture and Social Justice from Goldsmiths University of London (UK), a BA Honors Degree in Dramatic Arts from University of the Witwatersrand (ZA), and has participated in leadership development training at Drexel University (USA) as a recipient of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Katlego is a multilingual, globally experienced development practitioner with a keen eye for purpose driven, sustainable and innovative solutions to world matters - with a concerted focus on developing inclusion and education outlets to motivate dignified living for LGBTQ+ persons in Botswana and around the world. Her accolades include being a TED Fellow, OkayAfrica #100Women honoree, Queen’s Young Leader, Chevening Scholar, and a Best of Botswana Performing Artist.

Ifáṣínà Efunyemi has been involved in advocacy since her teenage years working with the National Garifuna Council and the Barranco Homecoming Committee to promote and preserve Garifuna culture and community development. She continued on her path of advocacy with the People’s Movement led by the Society for the Promotion of Education and Research (SPEAR) and then with the Powa fu Women Project that was conducted by the Dangriga HIV/AIDS Society. She is a co-founder of the Productive Organization for Women in Action (POWA) which was established in 2003 in response to the feminization of HIV/AIDS and which functions as a community response to not only HIV/AIDS but also Gender-based Violence and other issues facing women in southern Belize. She also co-founded Promoting Empowerment Through Awareness for Lesbian and Bisexual Women (PETAL) which began work in 2011 to improve the capacity of especially les/bi women in Belize through informative and interactive safe spaces so they could enjoy economic, social and gender justice. Through her work with PETAL, she has participated in numerous public events promoting respect for the human rights of LGBTI persons in Belize. She has met with major religious leaders in Belize to discuss the importance of a mutually respectful partnership for successful advocacy for the rights of the people of Belize. She is currently involved in the project Addressing Human Rights for More Equitable Development (AHRMED) in partnership with the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).