Azza Sultan is the Program Advisor, Middle East and North Africa Regional Program at OutRight Action International, based in Washington DC. She came to OutRight in 2020 from Grindr, where she was the associate director of Grindr for Equality (G4E), the app's initiative to promotes justice, health, and safety for LGBTQ+ people around the globe for two and half years.
Azza is a Sudanese American queer activist. She has spent her career advocating for sexual orientation and gender identity issues in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with a close focus on the Nile valley Area -- Egypt and Sudan -- since 2010, and is among the founders of prominent LGBTQI+ organizations there, such as Bedayaa organization and Mesahat Foundation for Sexual and Gender Diversity. Azza started her queer activism in 2007 using social media and blogging to publish queer poems and short stories to raise awareness around sexual orientation and gender identity issues (SOGI) and provide alternative literature and discourse for Queer, Lesbian ,and Bisexual Arabic-speaking women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Azza is a Co-founder and board member at the “Queer Women Network” (QWN), the first organization specialized in queer and trans women and gender non-conforming individuals’ issues in the Middle East and North Africa "MENA" region ,and a Co-founder and board member at the “North Africa Center for Strategic Partnerships” (NACSP), a regional organization that works to create a favorable environment for joint regional action and develop knowledge production on sexuality issues in the North Africa region.