OutRight Welcomes Religion Fellows 2021

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OutRight is excited to announce that we have recruited six activists from South America, the Caribbean, and Africa to engage in our year-long, immersive Religion Fellowship Program. The Fellowship is aimed to defend LGBTIQ people from the impact of religiously motivated violence and discrimination.

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

The activists will participate digitally in several high-level meetings 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.


Meet our 2021 Religion Fellows:


Andrea Rivas, they/them, is a human rights defender, non-binary lesbian activist and transfeminist from Argentina. Andrea is a lawyer, with a degree specializing in Labor Law, and a Masters in Geopolitics and Strategy. Andrea is the Co-founder and President of Familias Diversas de Argentina (AFDA), an NGO that promotes equal justice for  LBT+ people and their families. They are also Director of “ Pride House'', the first LGBTIQA+ Community Center of Buenos Aires City, and the former Co-Chair of the Civil Society of Argentina in the Equal Rights Coalition 2020-2021. Andrea often speaks in national and international forums.


James Karanja

Anna Tulie Araújo, she/her, is an enthusiast of collective and community articulations, focusing on financial management and fundraising. As Executive Director and co-founder of the União Libertária de Pessoas Trans e Travestis in Brazil, she works on projects and advocacy development to promote, defend and guarantee the rights of LGBTIQ people. As the founder of diversifica!, she works through SDG 17 to mobilize partnerships and implementing actions that aim to promote and guarantee human rights in their plurality and intersectionality. Anna is also a co-creator and contributor to the Queerlombos platform, the first LGBTIQ and black culture portal in Minas Geraes, a National Gender Youth Activist in the Generation Equality Forum and 92y Ford Fellow alumni.


Davis Mac-Iyalla

Barbra Wangare, she/her, is an African trans and queer feminist and gender minority rights activist from Kenya. She is the Executive Director of EATHAN – East Africa Trans Health & Advocacy Network; a network of trans and nonbinary activists and organizations in East Africa. She has over 10 years of experience in trans and nonbinary advocacy and has been instrumental in the growth of the movement in Africa. She also sits on the Interim Governing Body of the African Trans Network. She has considerable experience in regional, continental & international trans and nonbinary advocacy, movement building, and training organizations in organization management, financial and grant management, strategy and program development, and implementation.


Shamim Salim

Nwangwu Eudora, they/them, is an intersex, gender equality and sexual right activist, and feminist. They are a Key Population Leader. Eudora graduated from Anambra state College of Health Technology with a degree in Pharmaceutical technology, and is currently pursuing a degree on Public Health at the National Open University of Nigeria. Eudora is committed to community service and social justice, with a particular focus on promotion and protection of the rights of sexual minorities in Nigeria. They have over 4 years of experience working directly with the community. They are also a member of the Global Fund Youth Council, the Commonwealth Youth Gender Equality network, an Ambassador for World Literacy Foundation, and a member of International Advisory Committee for the Power of Pride Project of Pan Africa ILGA, ILGA ASIA and COC Netherlands.




James Karanja

Lavonne Wise, she/her, is a human, civil and voting rights activist in the US Virgin Islands with a focus on the wellbeing, rights and safety of women, children and LGBTIQA persons. Lavonne works for the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix, providing programs and services to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault. Lavonne serves on the board of ECADE (Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality), an independent umbrella organization representing LGBTIQ communities of the Eastern Caribbean. Lavonne is a former board member for St. Croix Pride during St. Croix’s first Pride march. As a founding board member Liberty Place Inc., Lavonne was part of a team that delivered LGBTIQA sensitivity training to law enforcement, first responders, religious leaders and community members. Lavonne was also a founding member of Virgin Islands Community AIDS Resource and Education. She is an artisan, caner, image consultant, life skills coach and an Ordained Minister.


James Karanja

Tanya (Nandini Tanya Lallmon), she/her, is a social justice advocate from Mauritius. Appointed as African Youth Charter Hustler by the African Union Office of the Youth Envoy, Tanya empowers marginalized communities through access to learning, dialogue and development spaces that are crucial to their social inclusion. In her role of legal lead of the #Reform53 campaign, she lobbies against discriminatory laws on behalf of the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network under the Royal Commonwealth Society. In parallel, she advocates for diversity and inclusion at the YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation Youth Advisory Group, CIVICUS Membership Advisory Group and Global Schools Program of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. She has won numerous awards for her humanitarian prowess at national, regional, continental and international level.